It's my pleasure to post the following call for nominations for the Cromwell Foundation's article prize in American legal history for early career scholars:
The William Nelson Cromwell Foundation has generously funded a prize of $2,500 for an excellent article in American legal history published by an early career scholar in 2012. Articles published in 2012 in the field of American legal history, broadly conceived, will be considered. There is a preference for articles in the colonial and early National periods. Articles published in the Law and History Review are eligible for the Surrency Prize and will not be considered for the Cromwell Article Prize.
The Cromwell Foundation makes the final award, in consultation with a subcommittee from the American Society for Legal History. This subcommittee invites nominations for the article prize; authors are invited to nominate themselves or others may nominate works meeting the criteria that they have read and enjoyed. Please send a brief letter of nomination, no longer than a page, along with an electronic or hard copy of the article, by May 31, 2013, to the subcommittee's chair, Alfred L. Brophy, University of North Carolina School of Law, Campus Box #3380, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3380 or via email at email@example.com
To emphasize what is probably obvious, the subcommittee encourages folks to submit nominations of articles they've read and enjoyed. Authors should also nominate themselves. This is a moment where we want to recognize and celebrate the outstanding work that is being done in legal history by newer scholars. If I might add a personal note, I'd like to say that I'm very much looking forward to reading the entries for this prize.
The Cromwell Foundation also has a book prize and a dissertation prize in legal history. Dan Ernst has posted information on the Cromwell Foundation Book Prize (for early career scholars) and also its companion the Reid Book Prize (for more senior scholars) at the legal history blog. Here's information on last year's Cromwell Foundation prizes.