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Monday, June 11, 2012

Professors Resnik and Curtis ’66 Receive 2012 Scribes Book Award for “Representing Justice”

Yale law professors Judith Resnik and Dennis Curtis ’66 have been honored once again for their 2010 book, Representing Justice: Invention, Controversy, and Rights in City-States and Democratic Courtrooms. The book has won the Scribes 2012 Book Award given by Scribes – The American Society of Legal Writers. Resnik is the Arthur Liman Professor of Law at Yale Law School, and Curtis is Clinical Professor Emeritus of Law and Professorial Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. The book looks at the relationship between courts and democracy, exploring the evolution of adjudication into its modern form by mapping the remarkable run of the political icon of Justice and tracing the development of public spaces dedicated to justice: courthouses. Earlier this year, the book won two PROSE Awards for Excellence given by the Association of American Publishers and was also named an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice Magazine. And on June 4, Professors Resnik and Curtis, introduced by Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, did the annual lecture, based on their book, for the Supreme Court Historical Society. Scribes is a national society of judges, lawyers, law professors, legal publishers, legal writers, and legal editors dedicated to improving legal writing across the profession. The Scribes Book Award has been awarded annually since 1961 to honor the best work of legal scholarship published in the previous year.