Supreme Court Historical Society Awards | Hughes-Gossett Award for Students

Hughes-Gossett Award for Students | Hughes-Gossett Award for Best Journal Article | Erwin Griswold Book Prize

The Supreme Court Historical Society invites submissions for the Hughes-Gossett Award for the best student paper submitted to the Journal of Supreme Court History. The winner will be awarded a $500 cash prize and publication in the Journal.

The paper must be on some aspect of the Supreme Court's history. Authors must have been enrolled as students at the time the paper was written. Past winners have been law school students or doctoral students in the departments of history, government, and political science.

2013 Hughes-Gosset Award Winners

The Society awarded the 2013 Recipients of the Hughes-Gossett Prizes for outstanding articles published in the Journal of Supreme Court History, one for the best published submission by a student and one recognizing a contribution by an academic, legal practitioner or other author.

The student prize goes to Daniel J. Wisniewski, for his article, "Heating Up A Case Gone Cold: Revisiting The Charges of Bribery and Official Misconduct Made Against Supreme Court Justice Robert Cooper Grier In 1854-55".  Mr. Wisniewski wrote his article while he was a law student at George Mason University School of Law; he is currently an Associate with the firm of Greenhan Taves Pandak and Stoner in Chantilly, Virginia.   The prize for a contribution by an academic, legal practitioner or other author goes to Marlene Trestman for her article "Fair Labor: The Remarkable Life and Legal Career of Bessie Margolin (1909-1996)".  Ms. Trestman is Special Assistant to the Attorney General of Maryland.

Past winners of the Hughes-Gossett Student Prize:

Chris Hickman, "Courting the Right: Richard Nixon's 1968 Campaign against the Warren Court"

Connor Mullin, "Edward Bennett Williams for the Petitioner: Profile of a Supreme Court Advocate"

Galen Thorp, "William Wirt"

Constance L. Martin, "The Life and Career of Justice Robert H. Jackson"

Kurt Hohenstein, "Just What the Doctor Ordered: the Harrison Anti-Narcotic Act, the Supreme Court, and the Federal Regulation of Medical Practice, 1915-1919"

Jeffrey M. Anderson, "Conscience on the Court, 1931-1946: Religion as Duty and Choice"

Artemus Ward, "The Tenth Justice: The Retirement of William O. Douglas"

Patricia L. Franz, "Ohio v. The Bank: An Historical Examination of Osborn v. The Bank of the United States"

Kevin M. Kruse, "Public Wrongs, Personal Rights: The Gaines Decision and the Beginning of the End of Segregation"

Joseph Mosnier, "The Demise of 'An extraordinary Criminal Procedure': Klopfer v. North Carolina and the Incorporation of the Sixth Amendment's Speedy Trial Provision"

I. Scott Messinger, "Legitimating Liberalism: the New Deal Image-Makers and Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr."

Jeannie Rhee, "In Black and White: Chinese in the Mississippi Delta"

Helen J. Knowles, "May It Please the Court?: The Solicitor General's Not So 'Special' Relationship--Archibald Cox and the 1963-1964 Reapportionment Cases"

Daniel W. Hamilton, "A New Right to Property: Civil War Confiscation in the Reconstruction Supreme Court"

Papers may be of any length and may be submitted on an ongoing basis to Clare Cushman, Managing Editor, at: chcush at

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