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Thursday, April 6, 2006

History for the Young

Are you a junior scholar who's not presented more than two papers at a national conference?  Are you interested in legal history?  Are you free in mid-November?

If the answer to all three of these questions is "yes," you'll be interested in the American Society for Legal History's Kathryn T. Preyer Scholars program.  Here's the deal:

The Kathryn T. Preyer Memorial Committee of the ASLH invites submissions for the Kathryn T. Preyer Scholars Competition.  The competition is named in honor of the late Kitty Preyer, a distinguished historian of early America and beloved member of the Society.  The two winners of the competition will be named Kathryn T. Preyer scholars.  Each will present the paper that he or she submitted to the competition at the Society's annual meeting in Baltimore on November 16-19, 2006.  Kathryn T. Preyer Scholars will receive a $250 cash award and reimbursement of expenses of up to $750 for travel, hotel and meals.

Submissions are welcome on any legal, institutional and/or constitutional aspect of American history.  Graduate students, law students, and other early-career scholars who have presented no more than two papers at a national conference are eligible to apply. Papers already submitted to the ASLH Program Committee, whether or not accepted for an existing panel, and papers never submitted are all equally eligible for the competition.

Submissions should include a curriculum vitae of the author, contact information, and a complete draft of the paper to be presented.  The draft may be longer than could be presented in the time available at the meeting (twenty minutes) and should contain supporting documentation, but one of the criteria for selection will be the suitability of the paper for reduction to a twenty-minute oral presentation.

The deadline for submission is June 15, 2006.  The Preyer Scholars will be named by August 1.  Electronic submissions (preferably in Word) are strongly encouraged and should be sent to the members of the Preyer Committee: Lyndsay Campbell, Christine Desan, Sarah Barringer Gordon, Maeva Marcus, and Laura Kalman, Chair.

[Frank Snyder

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