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Hughes-Gossett Award for Students

The Supreme Court Historical Society invites submissions for the Hughes-Gossett Award for the best student paper submitted to the Journal of Supreme Court History. The winner will be awarded a $500 cash prize and publication in the Journal.

The paper must be on some aspect of the Supreme Court’s history. Authors must have been enrolled as students at the time the paper was written. Past winners have been law school students or doctoral students in the departments of history, government, and political science.

Past Winners

James B. Barnes was the 2017 student prize winner for his article titled “The Font of Federal Power: Wickard v. Filburn and the Aggregation Principle,” which he wrote while a law student at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. He now practices commercial law in Austin, Texas and is the managing attorney for Barnes Law Group.

Evan C. Rothera, a PhD candidate in the Department of History at Pennsylvania State University for his article “The Tenacious ‘Twin Relic’: Republicans, Polygamy and the Late Corporation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints v. United States”.

Daniel J. Wisniewski, a student at George Mason University School of Law, received the 2012 Hughes-Gossett Student Essay Prize for his paper entitled, “Heating Up a Case Gone Cold: Revisiting the Charges of Bribery and Official Misconduct Made Against Supreme Court Justice Robert Cooper Grier in 1854-55.”

Jesse Blair for his article, “The Silent Man: From Lochner to Hammer v. Dagenhart, A Reevaluation of Justice William R. Day”.

Jessie Steffan for her article, “Doing Brandies Justice: The Development of the Liebman Dissent.”

Daniel J. Wisniewski for his paper, “Heating Up a Case Gone Cold: Revisiting the Charges of Bribery and Official Misconduct Made Against Supreme Court Justice Robert Cooper Grier in 1854-55”.

Chris Hickman for his article, “Courting the Right: Richard Nixon’s 1968 Campaign against the Warren Court”

Daniel Thomas for his article “The Passenger Cases Reconsidered in Transatlantic Commerce Clause History”

Connor Mullin, “Edward Bennett Williams for the Petitioner: Profile of a Supreme Court Advocate”

Galen Thorp, “William Wirt”

Constance L. Martin, “The Life and Career of Justice Robert H. Jackson”

Kurt Hohenstein, “Just What the Doctor Ordered: the Harrison Anti-Narcotic Act, the Supreme Court, and the Federal Regulation of Medical Practice, 1915-1919”

Jeffrey M. Anderson, “Conscience on the Court, 1931-1946: Religion as Duty and Choice”

Artemus Ward, “The Tenth Justice: The Retirement of William O. Douglas”

Patricia L. Franz, “Ohio v. The Bank: An Historical Examination of Osborn v. The Bank of the United States”

Kevin M. Kruse, “Public Wrongs, Personal Rights: The Gaines Decision and the Beginning of the End of Segregation”

Joseph Mosnier, “The Demise of ‘An extraordinary Criminal Procedure’: Klopfer v. North Carolina and the Incorporation of the Sixth Amendment’s Speedy Trial Provision”

I. Scott Messinger, “Legitimating Liberalism: the New Deal Image-Makers and Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.”

Jeannie Rhee, “In Black and White: Chinese in the Mississippi Delta”

Helen J. Knowles, “May It Please the Court?: The Solicitor General’s Not So ‘Special’ Relationship–Archibald Cox and the 1963-1964 Reapportionment Cases”

Daniel W. Hamilton, “A New Right to Property: Civil War Confiscation in the Reconstruction Supreme Court”

Papers may be of any length and may be submitted on an ongoing basis to Clare Cushman, Managing Editor, at: