Boston University School of Law
October, 2006


Alumnus Brian Z. Tamanaha (’83) Awarded Dennis Leslie Mahoney Prize in Legal Theory

Brian Z. Tamanaha (’83), Chief Judge Benjamin N. Cardozo Professor of Law at St John’s University School of Law, has been awarded the inaugural Dennis Leslie Mahoney Prize in Legal Theory. The award was given in recognition of Professor Tamanaha’s book A General Jurisprudence of Law and Society (Oxford University Press, 2001).

The Mahoney Prize, awarded by the Julius Stone Institute of Jurisprudence at Australia’s University of Sydney Law School, recognizes “outstanding published work in the field of jurisprudence that best reflects an approach combining legal theory with sociological inquiry.” The Committee regarded A General Jurisprudence of Law and Society as “a major contribution to the field of sociological jurisprudence.” Tamanaha’s book also won the Herbert Jacob Book Prize (2002).

Awarded every five years, the prize is a gift from the Honorable Dennis Mahoney QC AO, former president of the New South Wales Court of Appeals. Recipients receive a cash prize of AU$50,000, and are invited to participate in the activities of the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney. Tamanaha also accepted the Institute's invitation to deliver the 2007 Julius Stone Address, which forms part of the Julius Stone Centenary Conference.

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Reported by Caitlin McCartan