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Entries are being accepted for the 2011 IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize

Eligible books and articles should focus on the tension between civil liberties and national security

February 22, 2011

Entries will be accepted through July 1, 2011, for the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize.

Established in 2007 at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law by alumnus Roy C. Palmer and his wife, Susan M. Palmer, the prize honors a work of scholarship that explores 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.

Articles or books submitted to the competition must be in draft form or have been published within one year prior to the July 1 deadline. As a condition of accepting the award, the winner will present his or her work at Chicago-Kent. All reasonable expenses will be paid.

Harvard Law School professors Gabriella Blum and Philip B. Heymann won the 2010 Palmer prize for their book Laws, Outlaws, and Terrorists: Lessons from the War on Terrorism (MIT Press 2010). Previous prize recipients include constitutional scholars David D. Cole and Jules L. Lobel for their book Less Safe, Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror (The New Press 2007), Harold H. Bruff for Bad Advice: Bush's Lawyers in the War on Terror (University Press of Kansas 2008), and Scott M. Matheson, Jr., for Presidential Constitutionalism in Perilous Times (Harvard University Press 2009).

Eligible books and articles should be submitted to Tasha Kincade, assistant to Dean Harold J. Krent, at tkincade@kentlaw.iit.edu or Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL 60661-3691.

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 are active in numerous civic, social and philanthropic organizations and are the recipients of the 1997 Outstanding Individual Philanthropist Award of the National Society of Fundraising Executives.

Chicago-Kent College of Law is the law school of Illinois Institute of Technology, a private, Ph.D.-granting institution with programs in engineering, psychology, architecture, business, design and law. Chicago-Kent has a proud tradition of advancing and influencing legal thought through public programs, endowed lecture series, and faculty scholarship.

For More Information:

Gwendolyn Osborne
Director of Public Affairs
gosborne@kentlaw.iit.edu
(312) 906-5251