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United States Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. served as keynote speaker during an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of Ms. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Lee, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007, attended the Alabama Law School during the late-1940s. Alabama Law School Dean Kenneth C. Randall announced the launch of a new national book award titled “The Harper Lee Prize for Legal Literature.” The Prize, which is co-sponsored by Alabama Law and the ABA Journal, will be given annually to a published book-length work of fiction that best exemplifies the role of lawyers in society and lawyers’ power to effect change. Ms. Lee has approved the establishment of the Prize. Earlier this year, Honors College students, led by UA sophomore David Wilson, submitted a formal invitation to Mr. Holder and played a significant role in planning the 50th anniversary celebration.

Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird': Celebrating the 50th Anniversary University of Alabama

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United States Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. served as keynote speaker during an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of Ms. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Lee, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007, attended the Alabama Law School during the late-1940s. Alabama Law School Dean Kenneth C. Randall announced the launch of a new national book award titled “The Harper Lee Prize for Legal Literature.” The Prize, which is co-sponsored by Alabama Law and the ABA Journal, will be given annually to a published book-length work of fiction that best exemplifies the role of lawyers in society and lawyers’ power to effect change. Ms. Lee has approved the establishment of the Prize. Earlier this year, Honors College students, led by UA sophomore David Wilson, submitted a formal invitation to Mr. Holder and played a significant role in planning the 50th anniversary celebration.

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