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Robert Morris Website Wins National Award

Library association honors creators of BC Law's ambitious digital depiction of 19th century legal activist.


The legal scholars and librarians who created Boston College Law School’s eye-opening website about the life and impact of the second black lawyer in America, has been recognized with a prize from the American Association of Law Libraries.

The organization bestowed its 2022 Innovations in Technology Award to the team behind the creation of “Robert Morris: Civil Rights Lawyer and Antislavery Activist.”

BC Law Legal Information Librarian Laurel Davis, Professor Mary Sarah Bilder, Digital Initiatives & Scholarly Communication Librarian Nick Szydlowski (now at San Jose State University), and Digital Initiatives & Scholarly Communication Specialist Abraham (Avi) Bauer produced the artfully designed and educationally focused website.

The website launched last fall and solved the mystery of how a black lawyer from the 1800’s not only made history in Massachusetts for his numerous achievements, but also had close ties to Boston College. The trail of discovery began with—as librarians would have it—books.

To read the full story of how the Robert Morris saga came to be told, digitally and in print, read “His Name Was Robert Morris…And too many of us have never heard of him” in BC Law Magazine.