U.S. Solicitor General Seth P. Waxman To Receive Jefferson Award
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 countrys premier oral advocates, he has received
numerous awards, including the Department of Justices Edmund
J. Randolph Award, the American Bar Associations 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.
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.
a practicing attorney, he specializes in Supreme Court, appellate
and complex civil and criminal litigation, and in advising clients
with multifaceted legal and public
challenges. He also has taught both as a Visiting Fellow at Harvard
Universitys John F. Kennedy School of Government and as a
Visiting Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center.
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.
Fariss Samarrai, (434) 924-3778