Attica Locke Wins the 2016 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

By Maryann Yin Comment

Attica Locke (GalleyCat)The University of Alabama School of Law and the American Bar Association Journal (a.k.a. the ABA Journal) have named Pleasantville by Attica Locke the winner of the 2016 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction. Along with this award, she will receive $3,000 in prize money, a signed copy of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and a feature article that will be published in the ABA Journal.

Here’s more from the press release: “Locke is the sixth winner of the prize. The prize, authorized by Lee, is given annually to a book-length work of fiction that best illuminates the role of lawyers in society and their power to effect change.”

Dr. Philip Beidler, Helen Ellis, Homer Hickam, Rheta Grimsley Johnson, and Angela Johnson served on the judging panel. Locke will be presented with her award at a ceremony scheduled to take place on September 22 at the Library of Congress’s Thomas Jefferson Building. (Photo Credit: Jenny Walters)