The Harvard Law School Library is very pleased to announce that the winner of the inaugural Morris L. Cohen Fellowship in American Legal Bibliography and History is Sara Mayeux, a JD—History Ph.D. student at Stanford University.
Ms. Mayeux will be conducting research in the Library’s manuscript collections for her project, “A Cultural History of the Criminal Defense Attorney, 1900-1930,” a project that she began as a student in Stanford Law School’s Legal Studies Workshop. This project seeks to explore perceptions of the criminal defense bar both among the general public and the legal elite in the first decades of the 20th century—the era in which the American legal profession became more specialized and stratified, the national drama of Prohibition fueled popular fears about crime, and Progressive thinkers proposed sweeping legal reforms.
The fellowship was created in honor of Morris L. Cohen, Librarian of the Harvard Law School Library from 1971 until 1981. One of the country’s leading authorities in legal research and bibliography, Mr. Cohen’s Bibliography of Early American Law (1998) is the definitive work on the topic. Author of more than a dozen books, he is currently Professor of Law Emeritus at the Yale Law School.
David Warrington CA
Librarian for Special Collections
Harvard Law School Library
Cambridge, MA 02138