Entries will be accepted through July 1, 2012, 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.
George Washington University Law School professor Laura A. Dickinson won the 2011 Palmer Prize for her book Outsourcing War and Peace: Preserving Public Values in a World of Privatized Foreign Affairs (Yale University Press 2011). Previous prize recipients include constitutional scholars David D. Cole and Jules L. Lobel for their book Less Safe, Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror (The New Press 2007), Harold H. Bruff for Bad Advice: The President’s Lawyers in the War on Terrorism (University Press of Kansas 2008), Scott M. Matheson, Jr., for Presidential Constitutionalism in Perilous Times (Harvard University Press 2009), and Gabriella Blum and Philip B. Heymann for Laws, Outlaws, and Terrorists: Lessons from the War on Terrorism (MIT Press 2010).
Eligible books and articles should be submitted to Tasha Kincade, assistant to Dean Harold J. Krent, at firstname.lastname@example.org or IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL 60661-3691.
Roy Palmer, a lawyer and real estate developer, is a 1962 honors graduate of IIT Chicago-Kent and a member of its board of overseers. He and his wife, Susan, are active in numerous civic, social and philanthropic organizations and are the recipients of the 1997 Outstanding Individual Philanthropist Award of the National Society of Fundraising Executives.