USD Law School professor recipient of prestigious book awards

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Patrick Garry, a professor of law at The University of South Dakota School of Law, has received literary acclaim for his fiction writing as the recipient of four different book awards recently.

Garry, who has published 10 nonfiction books in the areas of constitutional law, the First Amendment and legal history, received the Eric Hoffer Book Award in the legacy fiction category for his novel “Suicidal Tendencies.”  According to the Hagemann Center Press (www.usd.edu/law/hcelr.cfm), this award was named in memory of the prominent 20th century American writer and philosopher, Eric Hoffer, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1983. The Eric Hoffer Book Awards are presented to books nominated and judged by a panel of independent experts.

A second novel written by Garry, “A Bomb Shelter Romance,” received an award in literary fiction from the 2010 International Book Awards. This literary competition was open to books published during 2008 to 2010 and, according to its sponsor, is one of the largest mainstream book award competitions in the United States. “A Bomb Shelter Romance” also was named a finalist in the 2010 National Indie Excellence Awards, recognizing books published by independent publishers. Garry’s novel, “In the Shadow of War,” also received an award in the general fiction category in the 2010 National Indie Excellence Awards.

In addition to these recent awards, Garry’s novels have previously received five other literary contest awards.

Garry has a J.D. and a Ph.D. in Constitutional History from the University of Minnesota.  Before joining the faculty at the USD School of Law, Garry was a partner and shareholder with the third largest law firm in Minneapolis. He was also a research scholar at the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center and a visiting scholar at Columbia University Law School.

A photo of Patrick is available for download at www.usd.edu/press/news/images/releases/Pat_Garry.jpg.