Nominations for Coif Book Award??
rs at robertsheridan.com
Wed Jun 27 19:12:39 PDT 2007
May I suggest Geoffrey Robertson's "The Tyrranicide's Brief, The
Story of the Man Who Sent Charles I to the Scaffold" (about the
prosecuting attorney who later received the same treatment himself
when the worm turned).
Pantheon/Random House, N.Y., 2005
Robertson is a British barrister and civil rights attorney. For
anyone who ever wondered where our 5th and 6th amendments, in
particular, came from, and the difficulties with sectarian monarchy,
in general, this book tells the tale.
On Jun 27, 2007, at 12:25 PM, Chris Brooks Whitman wrote:
> I could really use your help in choosing the next Coif Book Award
> The award is for the best book published in the field of law in
> and I want to make sure that we do not overlook books in fields
> that are not represented on the committee.
> I would be delighted if you would let me know if there is a book
> that you think
> we should be sure to consider seriously.
> I'd like to hear about anything you or your colleagues have
> considered particularly insightful or helpful.
> We are looking for a book on the subject of law that "evidence[s]
> creative talent of the highest order" and was published between
> January 1, 2005, and Dec. 31, 2006.
> Creativity is the first element, but we also consider impact, depth
> of research, and clarity of
> In the past, we have usually given the award to American authors,
> typically law professors (though neither is a firm rule). We also
> typically exclude casebooks,
> second and subsequent editions and collections of previously
> published works.
> Edited collections could conceivably qualify, but only if they are
> extraordinary and influential.
> In the past this award has been offered every three years, but the
> number of
> excellent law books published each year has increased so
> dramatically that
> Coif decided to issue it every two years, starting with the last
> The last three awards went to:
> Jerry Mashaw, GREED, CHAOS AND GOVERNANCE, Yale University Press,
> Charles W. McCurdy, THE ANTI-RENT ERA IN NEW YORK LAW AND POLITICS
> 1839-1865. University of North Carolina Press, 2001.
> Edward A. Purcell, Jr., BRANDEIS AND THE PROGRESSIVE CONSTITUTION.
> Yale University Press, 2000.
> John Langbein, THE ORIGINS OF ADVERSARY CRIMINAL TRIAL. Oxford, 2003.
> Thanks for your help.
> Chris Whitman
> Chair, Coif Book Award Committee
> Francis A. Allen Collegiate Professor of Law
> University of Michigan Law School
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