The Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction was created five years ago by the University of Alabama and the ABA Journal to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the publication of To Kill A Mockingbird and to honor its author (former Alabama Law student) Harper Lee. The prize has been awarded each year to the novel that “best illuminates the role of lawyers in society and their power to effect change.”
This year’s winner will be decided by a panel consisting of four judges and a public vote. The judges are Roy Blount Jr., author and humorist; Wayne Flynt, author and Alabama historian; Mary McDonagh Murphy, independent film and television writer and producer; and Michele Norris, NPR host and special correspondent. You are invited to cast your own vote at the ABA website on the book you think most deserves the prize. Voting closes on Friday, June 5 at 11:59 p.m.
The 2015 prize will be awarded in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 3, in conjunction with the Library of Congress National Book Festival. The winner will receive a signed copy of To Kill a Mockingbird.