Entries are being accepted for the 2015 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

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Entries will be accepted through July 1, 2015, 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 IIT Chicago-Kent. All reasonable expenses will be paid.

Previous recipients of the Palmer Prize include:
  • David D. Cole and Jules L. Lobel for Less Safe, Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror (The New Press)
  • Harold H. Bruff for Bad Advice: Bush's Lawyers in the War on Terror (University Press of Kansas)
  • Scott M. Matheson, Jr., for Presidential Constitutionalism in Perilous Times (Harvard University Press)
  • Gabriella Blum and Philip B. Heymann for Laws, Outlaws, and Terrorists: Lessons from the War on Terrorism (MIT Press)
  • Laura A. Dickinson for Outsourcing War and Peace: Preserving Public Values in a World of Privatized Foreign Affairs (Yale University Press)
  • Susan N. Herman for Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy (Oxford University Press)
  • Ganesh Sitaraman for The Counterinsurgent's Constitution: Law in the Age of Small Wars (Oxford University Press)
  • Heidi Kitrosser for Reclaiming Accountability: Transparency, Executive Power, and the U.S. Constitution (University of Chicago Press)

Benefactor Roy Palmer, a lawyer and real estate developer, is a 1962 honors graduate of IIT Chicago-Kent and a former member of its board of overseers. Palmer is the recipient of the IIT Chicago-Kent Alumni Association's 2012 Distinguished Service Award and was recently honored by the law school as one of "125 Alumni of Distinction." Mr. and Mrs. Palmer are active in numerous civic, social and philanthropic organizations.

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

Founded in 1888, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law is the law school of Illinois Institute of Technology, also known as Illinois Tech, a private, technology-focused, research university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering, science, architecture, business, design, human sciences, applied technology, and law. IIT Chicago-Kent has a proud tradition of advancing and influencing legal thought through public programs, endowed lecture series, and faculty scholarship.

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