UA Law School Hosts Grisham, Scholars Discussing Moral Significance of Harper Lee’s Work

  • February 24th, 2017
John Grisham will make a March 3 presentation on UA’s campus (Billy Hunt).

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — John Grisham, author and two-time Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction winner, will present “Enacting Social Change through Literature,” at 12:30 p.m. March 3 at the symposium on The Legacy of To Kill a Mockingbird: Advocacy in an Unjust Society.

The nation’s foremost experts on the intersection of law and literature will discuss the moral significance of Harper Lee’s work at The University of Alabama School of Law.

“This symposium promises to challenge, inspire, and trouble us, and to enrich and complicate our vision of both lawyering and our culture’s ‘icon of lawyerly virtue,’ ”  said Paul Horwitz, the Gordon Rosen Professor of Law at UA, who teaches courses on the legal profession.

The conference will explore the life and legacy of Harper Lee, how literature can influence social change and how lawyers practice law in an unjust society.  The symposium, sponsored by the Alabama Law Review, will be held 8:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m. in the Bedsole Moot Court Room, room 140.

Other confirmed presenters are:

Robert Atkinson, Florida State University College of Law

Devon Carbado, UCLA School of Law

Jenny Carroll, The University of Alabama School of Law

Judy Cornett, University of Tennessee College of Law

Wayne Flynt, author, historian, and professor emeritus at Auburn University

Richard McAdams, University of Chicago Law School

Anil Mujumdar, partner, Zarzaur, Mujumdar & Debrosse

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About the UA School of Law

One of America’s leading public law schools, and the “#1 Best Value Law School” in the nation, according to the National Jurist, for two years in a row (2012 and 2013), The University of Alabama School of Law offers a challenging curriculum with over 150 electives, several dual enrollment opportunities, Master of Laws degrees, and a J.S.D. With a student-to-faculty ratio of approximately 10:1, the Law School offers students a rigorous, hands-on learning experience, with strong student engagement in clinical programs, law review, moot court and trial advocacy.

About John Grisham

For 10 years John Grisham practiced law in a small town in Mississippi, much like Jake Brigance in “A Time To Kill.”  He also served two terms in the State House of Representatives. In 1990, he gave up both the law and politics to write full-time, and since then has published at least one book a year.

He has written one collection of short stories, one work of non-fiction, three books about sports, one comic novel, six editions of his Theodore Boone series for children, a childhood memoir, and, at last count, more than 20 legal thrillers. Nine of his books have been adapted to film.

He serves on the board of directors of the Innocence Project in New York and the Focused Ultrasound Foundation in Charlottesville, Virginia.

John and his wife, Renee, live on a farm in rural Albemarle County, Virginia.


Monique Fields, manager of communications, UA School of Law, 205/348-5195, or UA media relations, 206/348-5320

The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.