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Inaugural Harper Lee Prize Goes to Grisham for Novel “The Confession”

Inaugural Harper Lee Prize Goes to Grisham for Novel “The Confession”

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Best-selling author John Grisham received the 2011 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction for his book, The Confession, today in Washington, D.C.

The Harper Lee Prize is a new literary award that was created last year by The University of Alabama School of Law and the American Bar Association’s ABA Journal to honor the 50th anniversary of the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird. The Harper Lee Prize will be presented annually to a published work of fiction that “best exemplifies the role of lawyers in society, and their power to effect change.”


Kenneth Randall, dean and professor of law at the University of Alabama Law School; John Grisham, author, and Morris Dees, founder of Southern Poverty Law Center.


Author John Grisham autographs a book for Robert J. Grey Jr., former president of the American Bar Association, after receiving the 2011 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction in Washington, D.C.


Jack L. Rives, executive director of the American Bar Association, represents the organization in honoring author John Grisham at the 2011 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction event. (L-R) Grisham; David Baldacci, author; Kenneth Randall, University of Alabama Law School; Rives; Morris Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center; Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor of Slate; Thane Rosenbaum, Fordham Law School; Robert J. Grey Jr., former president of the American Bar Association.

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