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Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy To Receive Jefferson Law Medal At U.Va.

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.

The 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.

Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, founding partners of the New York architectural firm TWBTA, will receive the architecture award.

Kennedy 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 Supreme Court.”

A 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.

During 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.

Kennedy 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.

Kennedy, a conservative, is known for his ability to build bridges between the court’s conservative and liberal justices.

The 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 Rotunda.

Contact: Mike Marshall, (434) 924-3763

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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