TUSCALOOSA, Ala., July 12, 2013- For his work in Havana Requiem, Professor of Law and Author Paul Goldstein will receive the 2013 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction. The prize, co-sponsored by The University of Alabama School of Law and the ABA Journal, celebrates the role of lawyers in society and the ideals represented by Atticus Finch.
Havana Requiem was chosen by a renowned Selection Committee, including New York Times bestselling author, Michael Connelly; syndicated talk show host & special correspondent for ABC News, Katie Couric; co-founder and Chief Trial Counsel for the Southern Poverty Law Center, Morris Dees; physician and sister of the University of Alabama Alumna Vivian Malone Jones, Dr. Sharon Malone; and New York Times bestselling author, Richard North Patterson.
“Apart from its many other virtues, To Kill a Mockingbird was the first the novel to show me that it is possible to write about law and lawyers in a profoundly human, as well as literate, way. More than fifty years later, it is impossible to study any of the better lawyer-heroes of today’s novels without finding Atticus Finch looking back at you. I like to think that Michael Seeley, the hero of Havana Requiem, embodies not only Atticus’s integrity, but also his unvarnished nobility, and the Harper Lee Prize is not only a great honor for me, but evidence that perhaps I got it right.”- Paul Goldstein
About Paul Goldstein
Paul Goldstein is a writer, lawyer and teacher. He is the author of three novels on intellectual property themes, Errors and Omissions, A Patent Lie and Havana Requiem.
Goldstein is a member of the Bars of New York and California and since 1988 been Of Counsel to the law firm of Morrison & Foerster LLP, where he advises clients on major intellectual property lawsuits and transactions. He has regularly been included in the annual volume, Best Lawyers in America.
Since 1985 Goldstein has been the Lillick Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. He has testified before congressional committees on intellectual property legislation, been an invited expert at international governmental meetings on copyright issues, and is a member of the editorial boards of leading intellectual property publications in England, Germany and Switzerland. He has served as Visiting Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law in Munich, Germany, and is a member of the founding faculty of the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center.