Professor receives Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters Award

The Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters (the Academy) has awarded the Cohn Prize in Law and Public Policy Scholarship to Cooley Law Professor Norman Otto Stockmeyer of Haslett.  He was honored for his paper, “The Tortuous History of the Mutual-Mistake Doctrine in Michigan Contract Law,” which was presented at the Academy’s 2011 annual conference.
Professor Stockmeyer’s paper has been published in the Academy’s academic journal, Michigan Academician, and can be accessed at

“I am honored to be chosen for this award, and privileged to work at an institution where contributing to the public’s understanding of the law is encouraged,” said Stockmeyer.
“This is well-deserved recognition of Professor Stockmeyer’s dedication to scholarly outreach,” added Charles Cercone, Cooley Associate Dean of Faculty. “He exemplifies our emphasis on practical legal scholarship.”

The Cohn Prize represents Professor Stockmeyer’s second recent recognition for scholarly writing. An article he wrote for the Cooley Law Review, also dealing with aspects of the mutual-mistake doctrine, was selected for reprinting in The Green Bag’s 2008 anthology of exemplary legal writing.

The Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters is a regional multidisciplinary academic society.  The Academy awards the Cohn Prize for the paper presented at the annual conference that best contributes to the existing scholarly literature on the topic of law or public policy.

The Cohn Prize recognizes Judge Avern L. Cohn for his patronage of the Academy and legal scholarship.  The award will be presented at the Academy’s 2012 annual conference, which will be held on the campus of Alma College on March 2, 2012.