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Kathryn T. Preyer Scholars Named after the late Kathryn T. Preyer, a distinguished historian of the law of early America known for her generosity to young legal historians, the program of Kathryn T. Preyer Scholars is designed to help legal historians at the beginning of their careers. At the annual meeting of the Society two younger legal historians designated Kathryn T. Preyer Scholars will present what would normally be their first papers to the Society. The generosity of Professor Preyer's friends and family has enabled the Society to offer a small honorarium to the Preyer Scholars and to reimburse, in some measure or entirely, their costs of attending the meeting. Cynthia Nicoletti (University of Virginia), ?The American Civil War as a Trial by Battle,? and Joshua Stein (UCLA), ?A Right to Violence: The Meaning of ?Public? in Nineteenth-Century American Law Treatises and the Jurisprudence of Violence.?