Endowed by Judge Arlin Adams to honor his friend on his 85th birthday, this prize carries a cash award for the Best Senior Thesis on a Law-Related Subject. For the 2008 prize, seven academic departments submitted a record number of theses. A faculty committee read each submission and chose the winner and a runner-up.
This year’s winner, who received a $1,000 prize, was:
Zachary Squire, Department of Classics, for his thesis “Property and the Conception of the State in Cicero.” Zach, who was also named the class valedictorian, wrote an extraordinary thesis on the idea of private property in Cicero’s philosophical works and its relationship to both law and state.
LAPA also provided an honorable mention and a prize of $250 to:
Jon di Cristina, Department of History, for his thesis “Blood It Defileth the Land: Conservative Christianity and Capital Punishment in the United States.” Jon’s elegant thesis wove together diverse literatures to understand conservative religious mobilization around capital punishment in the United States.
For more information on the prize, and to learn more about previous winners, visit the LAPA Henderson Prize page.