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Edward S. Corwin Award

The Edward S. Corwin prize is awarded annually for the best dissertation in the field of public law. It carries a prize of $750.

The Corwin award is for the best doctoral dissertation completed and accepted during that year or the previous year in the field of public law, broadly defined to include the judicial process, judicial behavior, judicial biography, courts, law, legal systems, the American constitutional system, civil liberties, or any other substantial area, or any work which deals in a significant fashion with a topic related to or having substantial impact on the American Constitution.

Edward S. Corwin was a former Association president who is nationally known and widely published. He consulted with many other academics as well as politicians involved with constitutional issues, most notably when he publicly supported Franklin D. Roosevelt's Supreme Court reorganization ("court packing") plan. 

Nominations for the 2020 Corwin Award will close on Friday, February 14, 2020.  Please click here to submit a nomination.

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Edward S. Corwin Award Committee


Chair: Daniel Naurin
Oslo University
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Dr. Pamela C. Corley
Southern Methodist University
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Dr. Michael J. Nelson
The Pennsylvania State University
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