The University of Alabama School of Law and the American Bar Association Journal have named three authors as finalists for the 2018 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction.

The prize is named in honor iconic Alabama author Harper Lee and is given annually to the author of a book-length work of fiction that best illuminates the role of lawyers in society and their power to effect change. It was created by the law school and the ABA Journal in 2010 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the publication of Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The three 2018 finalists are “Exposed” by Lisa Scottoline, “Proof” by C.E. Tobisman and “Testimony” by Scott Turow.

There were 27 entries for this year’s prize, and a team of reviewers called the winnowing committee narrowed the pool down to those three finalists.

“The winnowing committee has chosen three great novels that you can add to your summer reading list, all written by lawyers and with timely topics,” said Molly McDonough, editor and publisher of the ABA Journal. “This year’s grouping includes drama and intrigue surrounding international justice, elder law, legal ethics and protections for people with disabilities. As legal journalists, we see the essential role of lawyers in the real world and think now, more than ever, it’s important to have genuine and inspiring depictions of their work in pop culture.”

The winner will be chosen by a panel of four judges and in part by the public, who is invited to cast votes for the best book on the ABA Journal website, www.abajournal.com. The result of that poll will act as a fifth judge, with a vote equal in weight to that of a selection committee member.

Voting will be open through the month of June.