2017 Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition
Winner: Sung Yup Kim, doctoral student in history at the State University of New York, Stoney Brook, for "'Those Innumerable Litigations of a Civil Nature Arising among the Lower Sort': Justices of the Peace and Small Debt Litigation in Late Colonial New York.” Sung Yup presented his essay at the 2015 AALL annual meeting in Philadelphia.
Winner: Gonzalo E. Rodriguez, a rising third-year student at the University of Alabama School of Law, for "Protecting Inland Waterways, from the Institutes of Gaius to Magna Carta." Mr. Rodriguez presented his paper at the 2017 Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.
2016 Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition
Winner: Jillian Slaight, doctoral student in history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, for "Seductive Arguments: Law, Elopement & the Erosion of Parental Authority in Pre-Revolutionary France". Jillian presented her essay at the 2016 AALL annual meeting in Chicago.
Runner-up: Adam Giancola, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (Canada) class of 2017, for "The Development of Recusatio Iudicis and the Rise of Aequitas".
2015 Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition
Nicholas Handler, Yale Law School, class of 2015, "A Constitutional Case for Legislative History: The Neglected Journal Clause."
2014 Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition
Bonnie Shucha, Assistant Director of Public Services at the University of Wisconsin Law Library, "White Slavery in the Northwoods: Early Sex Trafficking and the Reformation of Law in the Late Nineteenth Century" (available on SSRN). Bonnie presented her essay at the 2014 AALL annual meeting in San Antonio.
Emily Ulrich, Graduate Student in the Medieval Studies Program at Yale University, "'Commoning' the English Common Law Treatise: Investigating Three Fourteenth-Century Copies of the Britton".
2013 Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition
Sarah Levine-Gronningsater, PhD Candidate in American History at the University of Chicago, "Louis Napoleon's Secret Service: Gradual Emancipation, Antislavery Legal Culture, and the Origins of the Lemmon Slave Case (1852-60)".
Matthew Axtell, PhD Candidate in History at Princeton University, "Customs of the River: Legal Change and Shifting Hydrology in the 19-Century Steamboat Economy" (available on SSRN). Matthew presented his essay at the 2013 AALL annual meeting in Seattle.
2012 Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition
John E. Beerbower, 3L at the University of Virginia School of Law, "Ex Parte McCardle
and the Attorney General's Duty to Defend Acts of Congress," 47 U.S.F. L. Rev. 647 (2012-13).
Zoey F. Orol, 2L at New York University School of Law, "Reading the Early American Legal Profession: A Study of the First American Law Review," 87 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1523 (2012) (available on SSRN). Zoey presented her essay at the 2012 AALL annual meeting in Boston.
2011 Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition
Jed Glickstein, 1L at Yale Law School, "After Midnight: The Circuit Judges and the Repeal of the Judiciary Act of 1801," 24 Yale J.L. & Human. 543 (2012) (available on SSRN). Jed presented his essay at the 2011 AALL annual meeting in Philadelphia.
2010 Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition
Justin Simard, JD/PhD candidate in the American Legal History Program at the University of Pennsylvania, "'The Citadel Must Open Its Gates to the People': Judicial Reform at the 1821 New York Constitutional Convention". Justin presented his essay at the 2010 AALL annual meeting in Denver.
2009 Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition
Benjamin Yousey-Hindes, PhD Candidate in Medieval History at Stanford University, "A Case Study of Canon Law in the Age of the Quinque compilationes antiquae
: the Trial for Balaruc". Ben accepted his award at the 2009 AALL annual meeting in Washington, D.C. and gave an interview about his essay in the 2009 Summer issue of the LH&RB newsletter.