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Federal Appeals Judge Guido Calabresi, U.S. Sen. Daniel Moynihan To Receive Jefferson Awards At U.Va. On Founder’s Day

March 31, 2000 -- A 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 receive highest honors and give public talks at the University of Virginia on April 13, Thomas Jefferson’s birthday.

Judge 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.

The annual awards are the highest outside honors offered by U.Va., which grants no honorary degrees. They are given in two fields that deeply interested Jefferson and are part of the University’s Founder’s Day activities. The awards are sponsored jointly by the University and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation. Calabresi and Moynihan will be honored at a private luncheon in the Rotunda. They will make public talks during the afternoon of April 13.

Calabresi will speak at 3 p.m. in Caplin Pavilion at the law school. The title of his talk is "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity."

Moynihan will speak about historic preservation at 5:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall Auditorium.

Calabresi, who was born in Italy and whose family fled fascism in 1939 to settle in the United States, 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.

Calabresi developed a national reputation as a legal scholar and is the author of influential books, including "The Cost of Accidents: A Legal and Economic Analysis" and "A Common Law for the Age of Statutes."

Appointed dean at Yale Law School in 1985, he became one of the most effective and dynamic law deans in the country, known for his integrity, enthusiasm and dedication to promoting excellence in the legal profession.

In 1994 President Clinton appointed 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.

"Judge Calabresi is one of the giants in American Law of the last half century," said law 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 as one of the most respected federal judges in the country. 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."

Moynihan 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, D.C., to the development of the new Penn Station proposal in New York," said Architecture 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."

Moynihan, who has served as senator from New York since 1976, has worked with fierce dedication to help save landmark properties including New York’s Eighth Avenue Post Office and Union Station in Washington, D.C. Among his many other noted preservation accomplishments have been helping to secure funding for restoration in New York’s Battery Park City, the New York Botanical Garden and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum.

He helped save the landmark U.S. Customs House in Manhattan by negotiating to have a branch of the National Museum of the American Indian placed in the building. When a historic building in Buffalo was threatened, he located his district office there to demonstrate its continuing value.

Moynihan also was instrumental in starting the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corp., which led to the preservation of the historic Willard Hotel in Washington.

He 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, he held cabinet-level or other administrative posts under Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford. He has served as U.S. representative to the United Nations and Ambassador to India and has taught at Harvard, Syracuse and Cornell universities. He is author or editor of some 18 books and has received some 60 honorary degrees including a 1999 award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In 1992 he received the Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture from the American Institute of Architects.

Contact: Bob Brickhouse, (804) 924-6856

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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