Friday, May 20, 2011

Prize Winners for Exemplary Student Research

The 2011 Winners of the new Cornell Law Library Prize for Exemplary Student Research are:

  • First Place: Improving Drinking Water Provision under Increasing Global and Regional Economic Integration, by William Garthwaite, awarded $500
  • Second Place: Law on the Books vs. Law in Action: Under-Enforcement of Morocco's Reformed 2004 Family Law, the Moudawana, by Annie Eisenberg, awarded $250


The Law Library inaugurated this research prize to recognize excellence in research by our law students.  A review panel comprised of Research Attorneys Jean Callihan, Pat Court, Amy Emerson, Iantha Haight and Matthew Morrison selected the winners from among 18 well-crafted applications, each of which demonstrated exceptional research and original thought.  Their final decision was based upon the following criteria:

  • Sophistication, originality, or unusual depth or breadth in the use of research materials, including, but not limited to, print resources, electronic search engines and databases, primary and secondary legal resources, interdisciplinary resources, and empirical resources
  • Exceptional innovation in research strategy, including the ability to locate, select, and evaluate research materials with discretion
  • Skillful synthesis of research results into a comprehensive scholarly analysis


Criteria for acceptable papers include, but are not limited to, papers written for a class or a journal note, but not work product from employment. In addition to receiving a monetary award, the winners are also invited to publish their papers in Scholarship@Cornell Law, the Law Library’s digital repository, and to feature their papers in Reading Room displays during the next academic year. 


Funding for the Cornell Law Library Prize for Exemplary Student Research is provided by an endowment given to the Law Library by Barbara Cantwell in honor of her late husband, Robert Cantwell, a 1956 graduate of Cornell Law School. I know you join us in congratulating these rising 3Ls who are our inaugural prize winners!


Pat Court

Interim Law Library Director