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Oct. 20, 2006

Law Professor Schneider Wins Yale Dissertation Award

University of Iowa associate law professor Wendie Schneider has received the Hans Gatzke Prize for 2006 from Yale University for her dissertation, "The Liar's Cloth: Producing Veracity in the Victorian Courtroom."

The prize is awarded upon the recommendation of the Yale History Department for the outstanding dissertation or dissertations in a field of European history. Schneider's thesis explored the many methods that the British used to curb perjury in their legal system during the 19th century, including the ways that perjurers were punished for lying while under oath and how those changes and failed experiments continue to influence today's legal proceedings. For example, the U.S. legal system's current reliance on cross-examination as the main safeguard against mendacity in the courtroom results from changes in the Victorian trial.

Schneider's writing has appeared in The Yale Law Journal, Law & Social Inquiry and in edited legal history collections published by Oxford and Stanford University presses. She was the editor in chief of the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities, and a notes editor at The Yale Law Journal. Among her other accomplishments are clerking for First Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Sandra Lynch in 2002-2003 and receiving the Legal History Fellowship at Yale Law School in 2001-2002.

She received her bachelor's degree in history from Stanford University in 1992 and her law degree from Yale Law School in 2001. She received her doctorate of philosophy from Yale University in May 2006. Schneider joined the University of Iowa College of Law faculty in 2003, where she teaches American and British legal history and Professional Responsibility.

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