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Edward S. Corwin Award

The Edward S. Corwin prize is awarded annually for the best dissertation in the field of public law. It carries a prize of $750.

The Corwin award is for the best doctoral dissertation completed and accepted during that year or the previous year in the field of public law, broadly defined to include the judicial process, judicial behavior, judicial biography, courts, law, legal systems, the American constitutional system, civil liberties, or any other substantial area, or any work which deals in a significant fashion with a topic related to or having substantial impact on the American Constitution.

Edward S. Corwin was a former Association president who is nationally known and widely published. He consulted with many other academics as well as politicians involved with constitutional issues, most notably when he publicly supported Franklin D. Roosevelt's Supreme Court reorganization ("court packing") plan.

Submit a nomination for the 2019 award here.  The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

List of All Edward S. Corwin Award Recipients


2019 Award Committee

Chair: Melinda Gann Hall
Michigan State University
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Justin Crowe
Williams College
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Douglas Reed
Georgetown University
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