Hughes-Gossett Award for Best Journal Article

Hughes-Gossett Award for Best Journal Article

The Supreme Court Historical Society annually presents the Hughes-Gossett Award for Best Journal Article submitted to the Journal of Supreme Court History. The winner of the Best Journal Article receives a $1,500 cash prize.

Steven P. Brown is a professor of political science at Auburn University. He won the 2017 Hughes-Gossett Award for his article titled “The Girard Will and Twin Landmarks of Supreme Court History.” He is also the author of the only biography of Justice John McKinley, “John McKinley and the Antebellum Supreme Court: Circuit Riding in the Old Southwest,” which was published by the University of Alabama Press in 2012.

Previous years winners:

The 2016 Hughes Gossett Senior Prize Winner is Lieutenant Colonel Matthew S. Van Hook, United States Air Force, and Assistant Professor of Political Science, United State Air Force Academy for his article, “Founding the Third Branch: Judicial Greatness and John Jay’s Reluctance".


The 2015 Hughes Gossett Senior prize winner is Jeffrey Gonda, Assistant Professor of History at The Maxwell School, Syracuse University for his paper, “Litigating Racial Justice at the Grassroots: The Shelley Family, Black Realtors, and Shelley v. Kraemer (1948)".

The Hughes Gossett Senior Prize for 2014 goes to a trio of distinguished professors; Pamela C. Corey, Associate Professor of Political Science at Southern Methodist University, Amy Steigerwalt, Associate Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University and Artemus Ward, Associate Professor of Political Science at Northern Illinois University. Together they authored “Revisiting the Roosevelt Court: The Critical Juncture From Consensus to Dissensus.

Marlene Trestman received the Hughes Gossett Award in 2013 from Justice Samuel Alito for her article titled “Fair Labor: The Remarkable Life and Legal Career of Bessie Margolin (1909-1996)”