U.S. senator to receive Jefferson awards
federal appeals court judge known for promoting excellence in
the legal profession and a U.S. senator who has been a lifelong
advocate of preserving America's architectural heritage will be
honored at the University on April 13, Thomas Jefferson's birthday.
Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals, a
widely respected jurist, scholar and former dean of the Yale Law
School, will receive the 24th Thomas Jefferson Medal in Law. U.S.
Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-N.Y.), who has played a key role
in saving and restoring many historic-landmark properties, will
receive the 35th Jefferson Medal in Architecture.
annual awards are the highest outside honors offered by U.Va.,
which grants no honorary degrees. The awards, given in two fields
that deeply interested Jefferson, are sponsored jointly by U.Va.
and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation, which manages Monticello.
Calabresi and Moynihan will be honored at a private luncheon in
the Rotunda and will make public talks on April 13.
Day talks, April 13
Appeals Judge Guido Calabresi "Liberty, Equality,
Fraternity" 3 p.m., Law School Caplin Pavilion
Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-N.Y.) On Historic Preservation
5:30 p.m., Wilson Hall Auditorium
who was born in Italy and whose family fled fascism in 1939 to
settle in the U.S., earned degrees in economics and, later, law
at Yale. He studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and
clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black before returning
to Yale as one of its youngest law professors ever.
developed a national reputation as a legal scholar, with such
influential books as The Cost of Accidents: A Legal and Economic
Analysis and A Common Law for the Age of Statutes. He was appointed
dean of Yale Law School in 1985.
In 1994 President Clinton named Calabresi to the Second Circuit
Court of Appeals, where he has continued to express as core values
his concerns about discrimination and the need for decency.
Calabresi is one of the giants in American law of the last half
century," said Law School dean Robert E. Scott. "A legendary
teacher, preeminent legal scholar and academic leader, he has
taken these enormous talents to the bench where he has served
with distinction. ... Awarding Judge Calabresi the Jefferson Medal
is a fitting tribute to a man who has dedicated his life to the
Jeffersonian ideal of lawyer as public citizen."
was a natural choice for the Jefferson Architecture Medal "because
of his highly distinguished record in the area of urban design
and architecture, from the development of Pennsylvania Avenue
in Washington, to the development of the new Penn Station proposal
in New York," said Architecture School dean Karen Van Lengen.
"He is one of the few public figures in the United States
who has truly fought for thoughtful design and planning in the
public realm. As this is his last year as a senator, it is a timely
moment to honor him."
who has served as senator from New York since 1976, has worked
to help preserve landmark properties, including New York's Eighth
Avenue Post Office and Union Station in Washington. He helped
save the landmark U.S. Customs House in Manhattan by negotiating
to have a branch of National Museum of the American Indian placed
in the building.
1992 he received the Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture
from the American Institute of Architects, and the National Trust
for Historic Preservation's award in 1999.
is a graduate of Tufts University and received his Ph.D. from
the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts. A scholar who
has been a leading political voice on many issues, from social
policy to international relations, Moynihan held cabinet-level
or other administrative posts under presidents Kennedy, Johnson,
Nixon and Ford.