A review panel of five Cornell Law Research Attorneys announced the inaugural recipients of the Cornell Law Library Prize for Exemplary Student Research. William Garthwaite was awarded first place for "Improving Drinking Water Provision under Increasing Global and Regional Economic Integration," while Ann Marie Eisenberg earned second-place honors for "Law on the Books vs. Law in Action: Under-Enforcement of Morocco's Reformed 2004 Family Law, the Moudawana."
"This new award demonstrates the Law Library's tangible commitment to scholarship by highlighting the Library's collections and services, and by recognizing librarians as active partners who support the Law School's quest for excellence in academic inquiry," said Amy Emerson, Head of Access Services and Lecturer in Law. "It rewards students who demonstrate sophistication, originality, or unusual depth or breadth in the use of research materials, exceptional innovation in research strategy, and skillful synthesis of research results into a comprehensive scholarly analysis."
The winners were chosen from among 18 well-crafted entries, with special attention paid to Garthwaite for his comprehensive collection of empirical drinking water data, and to Eisenberg for her personal research in Morocco and skilled translation of materials from Arabic to English. "In a world where practical skills are more important than ever," said Emerson, "this award strengthens education at Cornell Law by encouraging students to refine their research skills beyond ordinary proficiency to their personal best."
Funding for the Prize is provided through an endowment given by Barbara Cantwell in honor of her late husband, Robert Cantwell, a 1956 graduate of Cornell Law School. In addition to receiving a monetary award, the winners are invited to publish their papers in Scholarship@Cornell Law, the Law Library's digital repository, and to feature their papers in Reading Room displays.