Book Award

Scribes Book Award
 
Overview
 
      Since 1961, Scribes has presented an annual award for the best work of legal scholarship published during the previous year. The Scribes Book-Award Committee receives between 30 and 40 nominees each year. The Scribes Book Award is presented at the Scribes luncheon, during the ABA annual meeting.
      In 2006, for the first time, a member of the Book-Award Committee, Steve Sheppard, wrote his own short, personal reviews of most of the books that the committee received. Click
here to read his reviews. He did the same thing in 2007. Click here to read those reviews.
 
Recipients:
 
2013

First Place:
Lincoln's Code: The Laws of War in American History
by John Fabian Witt

Second Place:
Yamashita's Ghost: War Crimes, MacArthur's Justice,
   and Command Accountability

by Allan A. Ryan

 
  Yamashita's Ghost: War Crimes, MacArthur's Justice, and Command Accountability (Modern War Studies)  
2012

Gold:
Representing Justice: Invention, Controversy, and Rights in City-States and Democratic Courtrooms
by Judith Resnik and Dennis Curtis

Silver:
Habeas Corpus After 9/11: Confronting America's New Global 
Detention System

by Jonathan Hafetz

Bronze:
We Must Not Be Afraid To Be Free: Stories of Free Expression in America
by Ronald K.L. Collins and Sam Chaltain

 
         We Must Not Be Afraid to Be Free: Stories of Free Expression in America  
2011

Winner:
Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR's Great Supreme Court Justices

by Noah Feldman

Honorable Mentions:
In Brown's Wake: Legacies of America's Educational Landmark
by Martha Minow

 
 
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2010
 
Honorable Mentions:         
John Brown's Trial        
by Brian McGinty
 
 
 
 
2.10-ae.reading.gifJudgment Calls: Principle and Politics in Constitutional Law (Ha... Cover Art
 
 
2009
Winner:
 
 
 
Democracy's Prisoner by Ernest Freeberg (2008)
 
 
2008
Winner:
Landmark Law Cases and American Society series,
Peter Charles Hoffer and N.E.H. Hull, Editors
 
by Mark R. Ellis
 
 
 
 
 
2007
Winner:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 2006
Winner:
 
 
 
 
 2005
Winner:
 
 
 
 
2004
Winner:
by Ronald M. Labbé and Jonathan Lurie
 
 
 The Slaughterhouse Cases: Regulation, Reconstruction, and the Fourteenth Amendment
 
 
2003
Winner:
American Law in the 20th Century
by Lawrence M. Friedman
 
Honorable Mentions:
Women in the Barracks: The VMI Case and Equal Rights
by Philippa Strum
 
 
 
 
 
2002
Winner:
 
 
 
 
2001
Winner:
 
 
 
 
2000
Co-Winners:
Framing American Divorce
by Norma Basch
 
Black’s Law Dictionary (7th ed.)
by Bryan Garner, Editor in Chief
 
 
 
 
1999
Winner:
Cardozo
by Andrew L. Kaufman
 
Honorable Mentions: 
The Bill of Rights
by Akhil Reed Amar
 
 
 
 
 
1998
Winner:
 
Honorable Mentions: 
Free Speech in its Forgotten Years 1870-1920
by David M. Rabban
 
Most Humble Servants
by Stewart Jay
 
 
 
 
1997
Winner:
 
 
 
 
1996
Winner:
A Civil Action
by Jonathon Harr
 
 
 
 
 
1995
Winner:
Hugo Black: A Biography
by Roger Newman
 
 
  
 
 
1994
Winner:
 
Honorable Mention:
Oxford Dictionary of American Legal Quotations
by Fred R. Shapiro
 
 
 
 
1993
Winner:
 
Honorable Mention:
The Constitution in Conflict
by Robert A. Burt
 
 
 
 
1992
Winner:
The Fourth Estate and the Constitution
by Lucas A. Scot Powe, Jr.
 
Honorable Mention:
William Wayne Justice: A Judicial Biography
by Frank R. Kemerer
 
 
  
 
1991
Winner:
 
 
 
 
 
 
1990
Winner:
 
Honorable Mentions:
The Electronic Media and the Transformation of Law
by M. Ethan Katsh
 
by Ethan Bronner
 
 
Honorable Justice: The Life of Oliver Wendell HolmesThe Electronic Media and the Transformation of LawBattle for Justice: How the Bork Nomination Shook America 
 
 
1989
Winner:
Constitutional Faith
by Sanford Levinson
 
 
Constitutional Faith
 
 
1988
Winner:
 
Honorable Mentions:
A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage
by Bryan A. Garner
 
Natural Law and Justice
by Lloyd L. Weinreb
 
 
Abortion and Divorce in Western LawA Dictionary of Modern Legal UsageNatural Law and Justice
 
 
1987
Winner:
Art Law: Rights and Liabilities of Creators and Collectors
by Franklin Feldman, Stephen Weil, and Susan Duke Biederman
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Honorable Mentions:
The Fundamentals of Legal Drafting
by F. Reed Dickerson
 
 
 
 
1986
Winner:
 
Honorable Mentions:
Takings: Private Property and the Power of Eminent Domain
by Richard Epstein
 
 
 
The Federal Courts: Challenge and ReformCitizenship Without Consent: Illegal Aliens in the American Polity
 
 
1985
Winner:
 
 
 
 
1984
Winner:
 
 
 
 
1983
Winner:
 
 
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1982
Winner:
Women in Law
by Cynthia Fuchs Epstein
 
 
 
 
1981
Winner:
 
 
Front Cover
 
 
1980
Winner:
The Grammatical Lawyer
by Morton S. Freeman
 
 
The Grammatical Lawyer
 
1979
Winner:
 
 
Hugo Black and the Judicial Revolution
 
 
1978
Winner:
American Constitutional Law
by Laurence H. Tribe
 
 
American Constitutional Law
 
 
1977
Winner:
(Cover Image Unavailable)
 
 
1976
Winner:
Simple Justice
by Richard Kluger
 
 
Simple Justice
 
 
1975
Winner:
Appellate Judicial Opinions
by Robert A. Leflar
(Cover Image Unavailable)
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1974
Winner:
A History of American Law
by Lawrence M. Friedman
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1973
Winner:
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1972
Winner:
The Defense Never Rests
by F. Lee Bailey
 
 
The Defense Never Rests
 
 
1971
[No Award Given]
 
 
1970
Winner:
(Cover Image Unavailable)
 
 
1969
Winner:
On Law and Justice
by Paul Freund
(Cover Image Unavailable)
 
 
1968
Winner:
The Lawyers
by Martin Mayer
(Cover Image Unavailable)
 
 
1967
Winner:
The Jury Returns
by Louis Nizer
 
 
The Jury Returns
 
 
1966
[No Award Given]
 
 
1965
Winner:
(Cover Image Unavailable)
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1964
Winner:
The Language of the Law
by David Mellinkoff
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1963
Winner:
(Cover Image Unavailable)
 
 
1962
Winner:
Death and the Supreme Court
by E. Barrett Prettyman, Jr.
(Cover Image Unavailable)
 
 
1961
Co-Winners:
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