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2013.02.08 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

Former Criminal Justice Professor Earns National Book Award

Omaha - A former University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) criminal justice professor has received national recognition for his book on civil libterties and American presidents.

Professor Emeritus Samuel Walker has received the 2012 Langum Prize in American Legal History/Biography for his book “Presidents and Civil Liberties from Wilson to Obama: A Story of Poor Custodians,” examines the civil liberties records of modern presidents. Walker’s book concludes that America’s leaders have a generally poor record with regard to the rights of its citizens.

The Langum Charitable Trust, which is based out of Birmingham, Ala., awards the Langum Prize. The prize has been given out each year since 2001 and has covered such topics as American property law, the impact of the Civil War on the American legal system and the origins of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Formed by David J. Langum, Sr., professor of law at Samford University, in order to promote historical writing that is accessible to the general public, as well as academics, the Langum Charitable Trust awards book and media prizes to that end.

Walker has been featured on a number of national media outlets for his research on civil liberties and police enforcement. He is also a widely requested guest speaker on campuses across the country.

In addition to the award, Walker received a $1000 honorarium and will have his book listed on the Langum Charitable Trust website’s list of winners.

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