Monday, May 25, 2015

Soliciting Legal Opinions

Late last week the American Bar Association’s ABA Journal and the University of Alabama Law School announced the finalists for the 2015 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction. They are:

My Sister’s Grave, by Robert Dugoni (Thomas & Mercer)
Terminal City, by Linda Fairstein (Dutton)
The Secret of Magic, by Deborah Johnson (Putnam)

As the Library of Congress’ In Custodia Legis blog explains, this annual award for legal fiction--authorized by Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)--“is given to a book-length fictional work that ‘best exemplifies the role of lawyers in society, and their power to effect change.’ Past winners include The Confession, by John Grisham, The Fifth Witness, by Michael Connelly, Havana Requiem, by Paul Goldstein, and Sycamore Row, by John Grisham.”

The ABA Journal is inviting all readers to select their favorite work from among the three 2015 contenders. Click here to make your opinions known; voting is set to close on Friday, June 5, at 11:59 p.m. “The 2015 prize,” notes the Journal, “will be awarded September 3 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the Library of Congress National Book Festival.”

(Hat tip to Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan.)

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