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Professor Kearley Receives Award for Article

August 10, 2016
Professor Emeritus Tim Kearley

Timothy Kearley, Professor Emeritus of Law and former Law Library Director, has been awarded the 2016 Reynolds & Flores FCIL-SIS Publication Award by the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Special Interest Section (FCIL-SIS).  The Award seeks to recognize publications that make significant contributions to the profession in the area of foreign and international law and legal history.  

Professor Kearley received this award for his most recent article, “From Rome to the Restatement: S.P. Scott, Fred Blume, Clyde Pharr, and Roman Law in Early Twentieth-Century America,” published in the Law Library Journal Winter 2016 issue.  It “describes how the classical past, including Roman law and a classics-based education, influenced elite legal culture in the United States and university-educated Americans into the twentieth century and helped to encourage [early American translators such as] Scott, Blume, and Pharr to labor for many years on their English translations of ancient Roman law.”

Professor Kearley’s interest in the field of Roman law began with his decision to edit, scan, and publish Justice Blume’s manuscript of his translation of the Justinian Code and its novels that was gifted to the George William Hopper Law Library at the University of Wyoming College of Law.  These documents are now available on the library’s web site at and   This project led to his deeper scholarship on the topic and resulted in several publications, including:

  • From Rome to the Restatement: S.P. Scott, Fred Blume, Clyde Pharr, and Roman Law in Early Twentieth-Century America, 108 Law Library Journal 55 (2016). 
  • The Enigma of Samuel Parsons Scott, 10 Roman Legal Tradition 1 (2014). 
  • Miller, David J.D. and Kearley, Timothy G., Wilhelm Kroll's Preface to Justinian's Novels: An English Translation, (July 23, 2013). 
  • The Creation and Transmission of Justinian's Novels, 102 Law Library Journal 377 (2010). 
  • Justice Fred Blume and the Translation of Justinian's Code, 99 Law Library Journal 525 (2007). 

Further, his article “Justice Fred H. Blume and the Translation of Justinian's Codex” will appear in Cambridge University Press’s The Codex of Justinian: A New Annotated Translation, to be published this coming fall. 


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