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Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize Established at
Scholarly entries will focus on the tension between civil liberties and national security
CHICAGO–March 12, 2007–-The Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize, newly established at Chicago-Kent College of Law by alumnus Roy C. Palmer and his wife, Susan M. Palmer, will honor a work of scholarship exploring the tension between civil liberties and national security in contemporary American society.
The $10,000 prize is designed to encourage and reward public debate among scholars on current issues affecting the rights of individuals and the responsibilities of governments throughout the world.
Submissions to the competition must be in draft form or have been published within six months after February 1, 2007. As a condition of accepting the award, the winner will present his or her work at Chicago-Kent. The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2007. [download competition flyer]
Roy Palmer, a lawyer and real estate developer, is a 1962 honors graduate of Chicago-Kent and a member of its board of overseers. He and his wife Susan, active in numerous civic, social and philanthropic organizations, are the recipients of the 1997 Outstanding Individual Philanthropist Award of the National Society of Fundraising Executives.
In 2006, the Palmers pledged a $1 million gift to Chicago-Kent earmarked to support the expansion of the law school’s campus, located in a rapidly developing area of downtown Chicago. The Palmers reside in Sarasota, Florida.