California Lawyer Wins Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

The Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction has been awarded to California attorney Cynthia E. Tobisman, who earned the title for her second published novel, Proof. “The spirit of To Kill A Mockingbird is the spirit of one person’s ability to make the world a little more fair. That the selection committee saw that spirit in my book is something that I will treasure forever,” Tobisman said. The award is given by the ABA Journal and the University of Alabama School of Law each year to a novel-length work of fiction that best that best illuminates the role of lawyers in society and their power to effect change. Earlier this year, Nashville lawyer Chris Kelly earned the top prize in the Tennessee Bar Journal's fiction contest.

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