Book Award

The Order of the Coif presents one or more awards to the author or authors of outstanding publications that evidence creative talent of the highest order. As a U.S. organization, the Order of the Coif recognizes outstanding scholarship by authors resident in the United States We welcome nominations of lively and creative books, published between 2017 and 2019, that have advanced a field, illuminated new areas of thought and research, and/or explored the many hard questions that law raises.

Interdisciplinary submissions are eligible, and the Book Award Committee may consider eligible books, whether those titles were proposed through nominations or because they have come to the Committee’s attention through other routes. Books such as compilations, conference proceedings, casebooks, encyclopedia, or and handbooks are not eligible for the award.
YearScholarPublication
2018Matthew Desmond
(Princeton University)
EVICTED:  POVERTY AND POWER IN THE AMERICAN CITY (Crown Publishing, 2016)
2016David Brion Davis
(Yale University)
THE PROBLEM OF SLAVERY IN THE AGE OF EMANCIPATION (Knopf Doubleday Publishing, 2014)
2014Judith Resnik &
Dennis E. Curtis
(Yale University)
REPRESENTING JUSTICE:  INVENTION, CONTROVERSY, AND RIGHTS IN CITY-STATES AND DEMOCRATIC COURTROOMS (Yale University Press, 2011) 
2012Margot Canaday (Princeton University)THE STRAIGHT STATE:  SEXUALITY AND CITIZENSHIP IN TWENTIETH CENTURY AMERICA (Princeton University Press, 2009)
2010Risa Goluboff
(University of Virginia)
THE LOST PROMISE OF CIVIL RIGHTS (Harvard University Press 2007)
2008Holly Brewer
(North Carolina State University)
BY BIRTH OR CONSENT:  THE ANGLO AMERICAN REVOLUTION IN  AUTHORITY (University of North Carolina Press, 2005)
2006John H., Langbein
(Yale University)
THE ORIGINS OF ADVERSARY CRIMINAL TRIAL (Oxford:  Oxford University Press, 2003)
2004 Charles W. McCurdy
(University of Virginia)
THE ANTI-RENT ERA IN NEW YORK LAW AND POLITICS,1839-1865 (Chapel Hill, NC:  University of North Carolina Press, 2001) 
2004Edward A. Purcell, Jr.
(New York Law School)
BRANDEIS AND THE PROGRESSIVE CONSTITUTION:   ERIE, THE JUDICIAL POWER,AND THE POLITICS OF THE FEDERAL COURTS IN TWENTIETH-CENTURY AMERICA  (New Haven:Yale University Press, 2000)
2002 Jerry Mashaw
(Yale University) 
GREED, CHAOS, AND GOVERNANCE:  USING PUBLIC CHOICE TO IMPROVE PUBLIC LAW (New Haven, CT:  Yale University Press, 1999)
1999Gerald Gunther
(Stanford University)
LEARNED HAND: THE MAN  AND THE JUDGE (New York: Knopf, 1994)
1996Robert C. Ellickson
(Yale University)
ORDER WITHOUT LAW: HOW NEIGHBORS SETTLE DISPUTES (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1991) 
1996G. Edward Whit
(University of Virginia)
JUSTICE OLIVER WENDELL  HOLMES: LAW AND THE INNER SELF (New York: Ooxford University  Press, 1993)
1993Mary Ann Glendon
(Harvard University)
THE TRANSFORMATION OF FAMILY LAW: STATE, LAW, AND FAMILY IN THE UNITED STATES AND WESTERN EUROPE (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989)
1990 Ronald Dworkin
(New York University)
LAWS EMPIRE (Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1986)
1987Guido Calabresi
(Yale University)
A COMMON LAW FOR THE AGE OF STATUTES (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1982)
1982 Jesse H. Choper
(University of California, Berkeley)
JUDICIAL REVIEW AND THE NATIONAL POLITICAL PROCESS: A FUNCTIONAL RECONSIDERATION OF THE ROLE OF THE SUPREME COURT (Chicago:  University of Chicago Press, 1980) 
1982John Hart Ely
(StanfordUniversity)
DEMOCRACY AND DISTRUST:  A THEORY OF JUDICIAL REVIEW (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1980)
1979 James Williard Hurst
(University of Wisconsin)
LAW & SOCIAL ORDER IN THE UNITED STATES (Ithaca:  Cornell University Press, 1977)
1979Laurence H. Tribe (Harvard University)AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (Mineola, N.Y.: Foundation Press, 1978)
1976 Lawrence M. Friedman (Stanford University)A HISTORY OF AMERICAN LAW: THE LEGAL SYSTEM:  A SOCIAL SCIENCE PERSPECTIVE (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1973)
1973 John Rawls
(Professor of Philosophy,
Harvard University)
A THEORY OF JUSTICE (Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1971)
1970John P. Dawson (Harvard University)THE ORACLES OF LAW ( Ann Arbor:  University of Michigan Law School, 1968)
1970Herbert L. Packer (Stanford University)THE LIMITS OF CRIMINAL SANCTION (Palo Alto, CA  Stanford University Press, 1968)
1967Grant Gilmore
(Yale University)
SECURITY INTERESTS IN PERSONAL PROPERTY (Boston: Little, Brown & Co. 1965)
1964Brainerd Currie
(Duke University)
SELECTED ESSAYS ON THE CONFLICT OF LAWS  (Durham: Duke University Press, 1963)

The Order of the Coif Book Award was established in 1961 as a Triennial award. The first award covered the publication period 1961-1963 and was presented in January 1964. In 2004 the Executive Committee voted to change the award to a Biennial award.