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“Representing Justice” by Professors Judith Resnik and Dennis Curtis ’66 Wins Two PROSE Awards, Named Outstanding Academic Title by Choice Magazine

“Representing Justice: Invention, Controversy, and Rights in City-States and Democratic Courtrooms” by Yale Law professors Judith Resnik and Dennis Curtis ’66 was honored recently with several different awards.

It won the 2011 PROSE Awards for Excellence in both the Social Sciences category and the Law & Legal Studies category. It also was named an Outstanding Academic Title of 2011 by Choice Magazine, the major review medium for academic libraries.

The central question of “Representing Justice” is the relationship between courts and democracy. Professors Resnik and Curtis explore the evolution of adjudication into its modern form by mapping the remarkable run of the political icon of Justice and by tracing the development of public spaces dedicated to justice: courthouses.

They analyze how Renaissance “rites” of judgment turned into democratic “rights,” requiring governments to respect judicial independence, provide open and public hearings, and accord access and dignity to “every person.” With over 220 images, readers can see both the longevity of aspirations for justice and the transformation of courts, as well as understand that, while venerable, courts are also vulnerable institutions that should not be taken for granted

Judith Resnik is the Arthur Liman Professor of Law at Yale Law School, where she teaches about federalism, procedure, feminism, and local and global interventions to diminish inequalities and subordination. In 2001, she was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2002, a member of the American Philosophical Society. In 2008, she received the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation Outstanding Scholar of the Year Award. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr and NYU Law School.

Dennis Curtis is Clinical Professor Emeritus of Law and Professorial Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. His subjects include professional responsibility, legal profession, campaign financing, sentencing, and parole and post-conviction remedies. He received his B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy and his LL.B. from Yale. 

The PROSE Awards have been given annually since 1976 and recognize the very best in professional and scholarly publishing by bringing attention to distinguished books, journals, and electronic content in over 40 categories. They are judged by peer publishers, librarians, and medical professionals.

Choice Magazine, each year in January, publishes a list of the most significant print and electronic works reviewed in Choice during the previous calendar year. The prestigious and selective list reflects the best in scholarly titles and attracts extraordinary attention from the academic library community.

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