A few days ago Gone Again by James Grippando was chosen as the winner of the 2017 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction. The other books on the shortlist were Last Days of Night by Graham Moore and Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult.
Grippando told Award Co-Sponsor, The American Bar Association Journal, after being chosen:
“I don’t know who’s happier, James Grippando the writer or James Grippando the lawyer,” he said. “Winning the 2017 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction is easily the proudest moment of my dual career.”
Molly McDonough, editor and publisher of the ABA Journal said:
Grippando’s book does a masterful, entertaining job exploring the important topic of the death penalty and actual innocence.
Gone Again was not the winner of the ABA Journal’s annual poll of readers with regard to the shortlist:
1.) Small Great Things – 83.24%
2.) Gone Again - 13.42%
3.) Last Days of Night - 4.22%
Small Great Things drew a higher percentage of votes than any other book in the polls of the past few years with regard to the Prize.
It is a disappointment that the University of Alabama Law School, co-sponsor of the Award, has yet to put up a post about the winner on the section of its website devoted to the Prize.
Grippando will receive the Award on September 14 at the University.
On the website of his law firm, Boies Schiller Flexner, Grippando’s biography states:
His recent litigation and appellate experience includes trademark and copyright infringement arbitration, trade secret disputes, and a major victory at the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in a class action lawsuit involving Madoff investors. He regularly provides antitrust, intellectual property, and other advice to a wide range of clients, from Tony Award-winning Broadway producers to the world's largest sanctioning body for stock car racing. He has lectured at various conferences for the American Bar Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association, published editorials on timely legal issues in the National Law Journal and other major newspapers, and provided legal insights on national TV programs, such as MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
In my latest posts I have reviewed all of the finalists for the Award.
My next post will set out which book I thought deserved to win the Prize.