Supreme Court Justice Stevens Receives Brandeis Medal
On April 18, the Brandeis Medal was presented to retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens during a ceremony and lecture at the Seelbach Hilton Hotel.
Stevens was nominated as an associate justice of the Supreme Court by President Gerald Ford in 1975. At the time of his retirement in 2010, Stevens was the oldest member of the court and the third longest-serving justice in the court’s history.
Justice Stevens and Justice Brandeis had similar ideals, said interim law school dean Susan Duncan.
“Their legacies are similar. Both are considered champions for the protection of civil liberties and promoters of policies that uplift the disadvantaged,” she said.
The Brandeis Medal honors people who practice the ideals of personal freedom, concern for the disadvantaged and public service. Past honorees include Harry Blackmun, Sandra Day O’Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Janet Reno, Morris Dees, Robert Morganthau, John Lewis and Archibald Cox. The law school gives the award in tribute to Brandeis, a former U.S. Supreme Court justice from Louisville and the school’s namesake.
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