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Former U.S. Solicitor General Seth P. Waxman To Receive Jefferson Award At U.Va.

March 26, 2002-- Seth P. Waxman, a former Solicitor General of the United States, will receive highest honors and give a public talk at the University of Virginia on Thursday, April 11. The award is given in memory of Thomas Jefferson, the University's founder.

Waxman, a partner with the Washington law firm Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, served as the 41st Solicitor General of the United States and has held several other senior positions in the United States government, including acting attorney general. He will receive the 26th Thomas Jefferson Medal in Law.

The annual award is the highest outside honor offered by U.Va., which grants no honorary degrees. The university gives the honor each year in law and architecture, two fields that deeply interested Jefferson, and are part of the University's Founder's Day activities, centered around Jefferson's birthday. This year's Medal in Architecture will be awarded to James Turrell, an artist who manipulates light for architectural uses. The awards are sponsored jointly by the University and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation. Waxman and Turrell will be honored at a private luncheon in the Rotunda.

Waxman will speak April 11 at 4:15 p.m. in Caplin Pavilion at the law school. The title of his talk is, "On Ruby Ridge: Federalism, Law Enforcement and the Supremacy Clause." Turrell will speak April 12 at 3:30 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall auditorium.

"Seth Waxman served as Solicitor General of the United States during the Clinton administration," said John Jeffries, dean of the U.Va. School of Law. "The solicitor general is the government's lawyer before the Supreme Court. Seth Waxman discharged that responsibility with skill, integrity and dedication. In an era of partisan dispute and bitterness, he was respected by all." Waxman served as solicitor general from 1997 until January 2001.

Waxman has argued more than 30 cases in the Supreme Court and has tried and argued dozens of other high-profile civil and criminal cases in federal and state courts across the country. Widely considered among the country’s premier oral advocates, he has received numerous awards, including the Department of Justice’s Edmund J. Randolph Award, the American Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publico Award, the Benjamin J. Cardozo Certificate of Merit from the Anti-Defamation League, and the Pursuit of Justice Award from the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists. Waxman also has been named a permanent honorary special agent of the FBI, in recognition of his exceptional service to law enforcement.

Waxman also has represented dozens of international corporations and corporate officers and directors as well as senior federal and state government officials, including former President Richard M. Nixon and members of both the United States Senate and House of Representatives.

As a practicing attorney, he specializes in Supreme Court, appellate and complex civil and criminal litigation, and in advising clients with multifaceted legal and public

policy challenges. He also has taught both as a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and as a Visiting Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center.

Waxman is a frequent lecturer and author on topics relating to appellate and trial litigation, constitutional history and doctrine, the First Amendment, intellectual property and the Supreme Court. He serves as Distinguished Visitor from Practice at the Georgetown University Law Center and is a director and fellow of several educational and cultural institutions, including the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, the American Bar Foundation, the American Law Institute, the Supreme Court Institute, the Supreme Court Historical Society and Legal Affairs magazine.

Contact: Fariss Samarrai, (434) 924-3778

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services


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