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Bruce K. Gould Book Award

The 2013 Bruce K. Gould Book Award was presented to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, author of My Beloved World on Monday, September 9, 2013.

About the Author: 
Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, was born in Bronx, New York, on June 25, 1954. She earned a B.A. in 1976 from Princeton University, graduating summa cum laude and receiving the university's highest academic honor. In 1979, she earned a J.D. from Yale Law School where she served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal. She served as Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney's Office from 1979-1984. She then litigated international commercial matters in New York City at Pavia & Harcourt, where she served as an associate and then partner from 1984-1992. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush nominated her to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, and she served in that role from 1992-1998. She served as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1998-2009. President Barack Obama nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on May 26, 2009, and she assumed this role on August 8, 2009. 

 

My Beloved World

"A compelling and powerfully written memoir about identity and coming of age... If the outlines of Justice Sotomayor's life are well known by now, her searching and emotionally intimate memoir, My Beloved World, nonetheless has the power to surprise and move the reader... This account of her life is revealing, keenly observed and deeply felt... This insightful memoir underscores just how well Justice Sotomayor mastered the art of narrative. It's an eloquent and affecting testament to the triumph of brains and hard work over circumstance, of a childhood dream realized through extraordinary will and dedication."

-Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times


About the Award:
The Bruce K. Gould Book Award is presented annually to the author of an outstanding publication related to the law, legal profession or legal system. The award is named for its benefactor Bruce K. Gould, an alumnus of Touro Law Center, class of 1984. Mr. Gould was a principal in Gould Publications, a family-owned publishing company in Florida specializing in law books and treatises for legal and law enforcement communities. The business was started in 1953 by Mr. Gould’s father and mother and over the years has grown to be one of the leading statutory law book publishers in the country until the publishing assets were acquired in December 2004. Mr. Gould is a founding member and second president of Touro Law Center’s Alumni Association, an active member of Touro Law Center’s Board of Governors, was Chairman of the Law Center’s Capital Campaign Committee and in 1994, endowed the Law Center’s First Faculty Chair.

The award has become known as one of the most prestigious awards of its kind. Since 1993, it has been presented to many notable recipients.

Previous Bruce K. Gould Book Award Recipients:

 
2010 Kenneth Gormley, The Death of American Virtue: Clinton Vs. Starr

 
2009 Bob Woodward, The War Within: A Secret White House History 2006 - 2008

 
2008 Christopher J. Dodd, Letters from Nuremberg: My Father’s Narrative of a Quest for Justice

 
2005 David Boies, Esq.Courting Justice:  From NY Yankees v. Major League Baseball to Bush v. Gore 1997-2000

 
2004 Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, The Majesty of the Law: Reflections of a Supreme Court Justice

 
2003 Stuart Eizenstat, Imperfect Justice: Looted Assets, Slave Labor and the Unfinished Business of World War II
   
2002 Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., Vernon Can Read! A Memoir
   
2001 Alan M. Dershowitz, The Genesis of Justice, Ten Stories of Biblical Injustice That Led to the Ten Commandments and Modern Law
   
2000 Barry Scheck, Peter Neufeld, and Jim Dwyer, Actual Innocence: Five Days to Execution and Other Dispatches from the Wrongly Convicted
   
1999 Kenneth Gormley, Archibald Cox: Conscience of a Nation
   
1998 Anita Hill, Speaking Truth to Power
   
1997 Robert L. Shapiro, The Search for Justice, A Defense Attorney's Brief on the O.J. Simpson Case
   
1996 The Honorable Marvin E. Frankel, Faith and Freedom: Religious Liberty in America
   
1995 Jack Greenberg, Crusaders in the Courts: How a Dedicated Band of Lawyers Fought for the Civil Rights Revolution
   
1994 David Margolick, Undue Influence: The Epic Battle for the Johnson & Johnson Fortune
   
1993 Telford Taylor, The Anatomy of the Nuremberg Trials
   
1992 Patricia Williams, The Alchemy of Race and Rights: Diary of a Law Professor
   
1991 The Honorable Daniel Patrick Moynihan, On the Law of Nations
   
1991 Mordecai Rosenfeld, The Lament of the Single Practitioner-Essays on the Law