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IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law / Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize

Call for Entries

Entries will be accepted through July 1, 2017, for the next Palmer Civil Liberties Prize. Read more...


2016 Palmer Prize winners

Photo of Laura K. Donohue and Jennifer Stisa Granick, winners of the 2016 Palmer PrizeThe 2016 Palmer Civil Liberties Prize has been awarded to Laura K. Donohue (left) for her book The Future of Foreign Intelligence: Privacy and Surveillance in the Digital Age (Oxford University Press 2016) and to Jennifer Stisa Granick for her book American Spies: Modern Surveillance, Why You Should Care, and What to Do About It (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2017). Read more...


About the Palmer Prize

The Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize was established in spring 2007 by alumnus Roy C. Palmer '62 and his wife, Susan M. Palmer, to honor a work of scholarship exploring the tension between civil liberties and national security in contemporary American society.

The $10,000 prize is designed to encourage and reward public debate among scholars on current issues affecting the rights of individuals and the responsibilities of governments throughout the world. (View the full list of Palmer Prize winners.)

Roy Palmer, a lawyer and real estate developer, is a 1962 honors graduate of Chicago-Kent and a member of its board of overseers. He and his wife, Susan, active in numerous civic, social and philanthropic organizations, are the recipients of the 1997 Outstanding Individual Philanthropist Award of the National Society of Fundraising Executives.

In 2006, the Palmers pledged a $1 million gift to Chicago-Kent earmarked to support the expansion of the law school's campus, located in a rapidly developing area of downtown Chicago. The Palmers reside in Sarasota, Florida.