Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award

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The Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award recognizes a significant textual contribution to legal literature. The textual work may be a book, pamphlet, periodical contribution, website, database, or publication in some other format. Nominations for the Andrews Award shall be measured by the creative, evaluative elements and the extent to which originality and judgment were factors in the formation of the work. The term 'legal literature' is meant to be broadly defined, and includes works that: 1) are bibliographical in nature, listing the works of a particular author, printer, or country, or a particular theme; or 2) contribute to the body of legal literature and that also contribute to advancing legal research or law librarianship.  The Andrews Legal Literature Award is specifically designed to honor a sustained writing effort and does not include contributions to social media that have not borne the same level of review.

To make a nomination for the Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award, please fill out the Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award Nomination form below.  Electronic submission of nominations is encouraged; however, print submissions are also acceptable.  It is not necessary to submit a copy of the work when making nominations; however, the Andrews Award Subcommittee may contact the nominator to request a copy for evaluation purposes if the work is not easily accessible.  For nominations of electronic publications, please provide appropriate access information for the Awards Committee to gain access to the publication, including URL, login, password (if necessary), etc.  To be eligible for consideration the work must have been published or made accessible to users during the calendar year prior to the year for which it is being nominated for the Andrews Award.  The Award is not limited to publications prepared by law librarians or AALL members. The Award is a plaque issued by the American Association of Law Libraries and presented during the AALL Annual Meeting.  

Application Information:

Download the Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award Nominations Form.

The deadline for nominations is February 1 of each year. 

Please email one copy or mail four copies of the nomination form and supporting documentation to John Davey at

Previous Winners:


  • Shelley L. Dowling, Librarian of the Court, U.S. Supreme Court, Retired, U.S. Supreme Court Library, Williamsburg, VA
    Elbridge Thomas Gerry: An Exceptional Life in Gilded Gotham
  • Jessica Winston, PhD, Chair, History Department and Professor of English, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID
    Lawyers at Play: Literature, Law, and Politics at the Early Modern Inns of Court, 1558-1581
  • Richard C. Amelung, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Legal Research, Vincent C. Immel Law Library, St. Louis, MO
    LLMC Staff, Kanache, HI
    The Legal Patrimony of Haiti: An Annotated Bibliography


  • Michael H. Roffer, Associate Librarian and Professor of Legal Research, Mendik Library, New York Law School, New York, NY
    The Law Book: From Hammurabi to the International Criminal Court, 250 Milestones in the History of Law


  • Ann Jordan Laeuchli, (awarded posthumously), Associate Librarian, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT
    WITA Bibliographical Catalog of William Blackstone
  • Mary Sarah Bilder, Professor of Law, Boston College Law School, Newton Centre, MA
    Charles Donahue, Jr., Paul A. Freund Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA
    Sharon Hamby O'Connor, Professor Emerita of Law, Boston College Law School, Newton Centre, MA
    Appeals to the Privy Council from the American Colonies: An Annotated Digital Catalogue


  • Ellyssa Kroski, Director of Information Technology, New York Law Institute, New York, NY
    Law Librarianship in the Digital Age
  • Barbara Berdahl, Principal Author, Special Collections Assistant Librarian; Glen Anderson, Contributing Author, Multimedia Specialist; Katherine Hedin, Contributing Author, Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections; Daniel Matthews, Contributing Author, Circulation/Reserves Librarian; University of Minnesota Law Library, Minneapolis, MN
    Walter F. Mondale: Spokesman for Reform and Justice in the U.S. Senate website

2013: Douglas W. Lind, Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law, Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, IL, Lincoln's Suspension of Habeas Corpus: The Pamphlet Literature and Congressional Debate


  • Richard A. Danner, Rufty Research Professor of Law and Senior Associate Dean for Information Services, Duke Law School, Durham, NC

    Jules Winterton, Librarian and Associate Director, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London, London, England
    IALL International Handbook of Legal Information Management
  • Michael J. Hannon, Associate Director for Library and Educational Technology, University of Minnesota Law Library, Minneapolis, MN
    The Clarence Darrow Digital Collection

2011: None Awarded

2010: Kent C. Olson, University of Virginia Law Library, Principles of Legal Research

2009: William H. Manz, Rittenburg Law Library, St. John's University School of Law, Guide to State Legislation, Legislative History, and Administrative Materials (Hein 2008)

2008: Edward Grosek, Founders Memorial Library, Northern Illinois University, The Secret Treaties of History, 2nd ed. (Hein 2007)


  • Michael Chiorazzi
    Director and Professor of Law, University of Arizona College of Law Library
  • Marguerite I. Most
    Legal Information Librarian & Lecturer in Law, Boston College Law Library


  • Christopher T. Anglim
    History, Collection Development, Government Documents, and Periodicals Librarian
  • John B. Coleman Library
    Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX
    Joined in Common Enterprise: A Bibligraphy on the Origins of Early Anglo-American Partnership Law published by William S. Hein & Co., Inc.

2005: William H. Manz, Senior Research Librarian, Law Library, St. John's University School of Law, Gibson's New York Legal Research Guide published by W.S. Hein

2004: Loretta Price, Acquisitions Librarian and Associate Professor, University of Tennessee, "An Explosive Quarter-Century: A Guide to Monographic Works on Women's Legal and Political Rights"

2003: Richard Leiter, Professor of Law and Director, University of Nebraska School of Law Library, National Survey of State Laws, 4th ed.


  • Jerry Dupont
    Executive Director Law Library Microform Consortium, Kaneohe, Hawaii
    "The Common Law Abroad: Constitutional and Legal Legacy of the British Empire"
  • Jolande E. Goldberg
    Senior Cataloging Policy Specialist for Law Classification Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
    "Library of Congress Classification, KBR, KBU: History of Canon
    Law & the Law of the Roman Catholic Church, the Holy See"

2001: Shelley L. Dowling & Mary C. Custy, "The Jurisprudence of United States Constitutional Interpretation: An Annotated Bibliography"

2000: Kent Olson, Public Services Librarian, University of Virginia Law Library, "Legal Information: How to Find It, How to Use It"

1999: Morris L. Cohen, Professor Emeritus of Law, Yale Law School, "Bibliography of Early American Law"

1998: Kendall F. Svengalis, Rhode Island State Law Library, "Legal Information Buyer's Guide and Reference Manual 1997-1998"

1997: Penny Hazelton, Peggy Roebuck Jarrett, Nancy McMurrer, Cheryl Nyberg, and Mary Whisner, The Washington Legal Researchers' Deskbook, 2d edition (Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library, 1996).

1996: Morris L. Cohen and Sharon Hamby O’Connor, A Guide to the Early Reports of the Supreme Court of the United States (Fred B. Rothman & Co., 1995)

1995: Bernard D. Reams, Federal Legislative Histories: an Annotated Bibliography and Index to Officially Published Sources (Greenwood Press, 1993)

1994: Fred Shapiro, The Oxford Dictionary of American Legal Quotations (Oxford University Press, 1993)

1993: Jurgen Christoph Godan, International Legal Bibliographies: A Worldwide Guide & Critique (Transnational Publishers, 1992)

1992: Claire Germain, Germain's Transnational Law Research, A Guide for Attorneys (Transnational Juris Publications, 1991)

1991: Gloria Westfall, Guide to Official Publications of Foreign Countries<~>(CIS)

1990: Arturo A. Flores and Thomas H. Reynolds, Foreign Law: Current Sources of Codes and Legislation in Jurisdictions of the World (Rothman)

1989: Ellen M. Gibson, New York Legal Research Guide (William S. Hein and Company) Igor I. Kavass Soviet Law in English: Research Guide and Bibliography, 1970-87 (William S. Hein and Company)

1988: John W. Williams, A Guide to International Legal Research (George Washington Journal of International Law & Economics)

1987: Paul O'Higgins, A Bibliography of Irish Trials and Other Legal Proceedings (Professional Books, Ltd.)

1986: Paul Finkelman, Slavery in the Courtroom (Library of Congress)

1985: Wilfred J. Ritz, American Judicial Proceedings First Printed Before 1801: An Analytical Bibliography (Greenwood Press)

1984: Simone-Marie Kleckner and Blanka Kudej, International Legal Bibliography (Oceana)

1983: Ted L. McDorman, Kenneth Beauchamp, and Douglas M. Johnston, Maritime Boundary Delimitation: An Annotated Bibliography (Lexington Books)


  • Carol Boast and Lynn Foster
    Subject Compilations of State Laws: Research Guide and Annotated Bibliography (Greenwood Press)
  • Kathryn Swanson
    Affirmative Action and Preferential Admissions in Higher Education: An Annotated Bibliography (Scarecrow Press)

1981: Dorothy P. Wells, Child Abuse (Scarecrow Press)


  • John R. Lewis
    Uncertain Judgment: A Bibliography of War Crimes Trails (ABC-CLIO Inc.)
  • Win-Shin S. Chiang and Lance E. Dickson
    Legal Bibliography Index, 1978 (Legal Bibliography Index)

1979: Beatrice J. Kalisch, Child Abuse & Neglect (Greenwood Press)

1978: Marija Matich Hughes, Sexual Barrier (Hughes Press)

1977: Sir Leon Radzinowicz and Roger Hood, Criminology and the Administration of Criminal Justice (Mansell)

1976: Fannie J. Klein, The Administration of Justice in the Courts (Oceana)

1975: Helena P. von Pfeil, Juvenile Rights Since 1967 (Rothman)

1974: None awarded


  • Wybo P. Heere
    Air Law Bibliography (Oceana)
  • Lily Melchior Roberts
    Bibliography of Legal Festschriften (Nijhoff)

1972: Dorothy C. Tompkins, Sentencing the Offender (Institute of Governmental Studies) and The Prison and the Prisoner (Institute of Governmental Studies)

1971: Harry Bitner and Meira Pimsleur, For contributions to Law Books Recommended for Libraries (Rothman)

1970: Richard Sloane, Recommended Law Books (ABA)

1969: Ralph E. McCoy, Freedom of the Press (Southern Illinois University Press)


  • Stojan A. Bayitch
    Latin America and the Caribbean (Oceana)
  • Beatrice S. McDermott and Freda A. Coleman
    Government Regulation of Business (Gale) Jacob Robinson
    International Law and Organization: General Sources of Information (Humanities)

1967: Anthony Grech, The Dominican Crisis (Oceana) and The Southeast Asia Crisis (Oceana)