The award is given annually by the Fellows of the Young Lawyers Division in recognition of distinguished service to the public or the profession.
Laurence H. Tribe, the Carl M. Loeb University Professor and professor of constitutional law at Harvard, has taught at its law school since 1968. The title “University Professor” is Harvard’s highest academic honor, awarded to just a handful of professors at any given time and to fewer than 75 professors in all of Harvard University’s history. Tribe entered Harvard at 16 and graduated summa cum laude in 1962 and magna cum laude in law in 1966. He received tenure at age 30 and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences at 38 and to the American Philosophical Society in 2010. He helped write the constitutions of South Africa, the Czech Republic and the Marshall Islands.
Tribe has prevailed in three-fifths of the many appellate cases he has argued (including 35 in the U.S. Supreme Court). He was appointed in 2010 by President Obama and Attorney General Holder to serve as the first senior counselor for access to justice. His most recent book, “Uncertain Justice: The Roberts Court and the Constitution” was published in June.
“Professor Tribe is perhaps the greatest living scholar of the United States Constitution. His treatise, American Constitutional Law, is the most cited legal work published since 1950,” said Gene Vance, president of the YLD Fellows. “The Fellows of the Young Lawyers Division are honored to add his name to our lengthy list of prior honorees, including Justice Lewis Powell, Judge John Minor Wisdom and Hillary Rodham Clinton.”
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