Court Justice Anthony Kennedy To Receive Jefferson Law Medal At
April 1, 2003--
Anthony M. Kennedy, associate justice on the U.S.
Supreme Court, will receive highest honors and give a public talk
at the University of Virginia on Thursday, April 10. He will receive
the Thomas Jefferson Medal in Law, one of two annual awards given
in memory of Thomas Jefferson, the University’s founder.
Thomas Jefferson Medal in Law, and the Thomas Jefferson Medal in
Architecture, are the highest outside awards offered by the University,
which grants no honorary degrees. The annual awards – Law,
in its 27th year, and architecture in its 38th year -- are given
as part of the University’s Founder’s Day activities,
centered around Jefferson’s birthday. Law and architecture
were two fields that deeply interested Jefferson.
Williams and Billie Tsien, founding partners of the New York architectural
firm TWBTA, will receive the architecture award.
will speak Thursday, April 10 at 4:15 p.m. at the law school’s
Caplin Pavilion. The title of his talk is “Comments on the
California native and Harvard Law alumnus, Kennedy was served on
the Supreme Court since 1988. He was appointed by President Ronald
Reagan. Kennedy received his bachelor of arts degree from Stanford
University and the London School of Economics. He began his law
career in private practice and was appointed by President Gerald
R. Ford to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 1975
at age 38. He was at the time the youngest federal judge.
his career Kennedy has served in the California National Guard,
on the board of the Federal Judicial Center, and on two committees
of the Judicial Conference of the United States: the Advisory Panel
on Financial Disclosure Reports and Judicial Activities, and the
Committee on Pacific Territories, which he chaired from 1982-1990.
From 1965 until his Supreme Court appointment he was a professor
of constitutional law at the McGeorge School of Law at the University
of the Pacific.
was nominated for the Supreme Court after the highly conservative
Reagan nominee Robert Bork was rejected by the Senate and Reagan
nominee Douglas Ginsburg withdrew his name from consideration.
a conservative, is known for his ability to build bridges between
the court’s conservative and liberal justices.
Thomas Jefferson Medals are sponsored by the University and the
Thomas Jefferson Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization that
owns and operates Monticello, Jefferson’s home. They will
be presented during a private luncheon in the University’s
Mike Marshall, (434) 924-3763