Judicial Division

John Marshall Award

John Marshall Award

This prestigious Award was established by the American Bar Association to recognize those dedicated to the improvement of the administration of justice.

The John Marshall Award is named in honor of the fourth Chief Justice of the United States, who is credited with establishing the independence of the judiciary and enhancing its moral authority.

This prestigious Award was established by the American Bar Association to recognize those dedicated to the improvement of the administration of justice.

Award Selection Criteria
The John Marshall Award may be presented to any individual who has made a positive national impact on the justice system. Nominees may be non-lawyers as well as lawyers. Eligibility is open to any individual responsible for extraordinary improvement to the administration of justice in the categories of: Judicial Independence, Justice System Reform, and/or Public Awareness about the Justice System.

The John Marshall Award committee is now accepting nominations for the 2019 John Marshall Award.

Nomination Form

(L-R) Judge Toni Clarke, Mr. Juan Cartagena, Judge James Wynn, Jr., Judge Ann Breen Greco, Tom Leighton, and Judge Nannette Baker.

(L-R) Judge Toni Clarke, Mr. Juan Cartagena, Judge James Wynn, Jr., Judge Ann Breen Greco, Tom Leighton, and Judge Nannette Baker.

Special thank you to Thomson Reuters for their generous support of the John Marshall Award.

2018 Mr. Juan Cartagena, President and General Counsel, LatinoJustice PRLDEF (New York, NY)

2017 Judge Andre M. Davis, Senior Judge, United States Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit 

2016 Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman (ret.), New York Court of Appeals  

2015 Chief Justice Randall Shepard (ret.)  (Indianapolis, IN)

2014 Mary Campbell McQueen (Williamsburg, VA)

2013 Chief Judge Robert M. Bell (Baltimore, MD)

2012 Rebecca Love Kourlis (Denver, CO)

2011 Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (Phoenix, AZ) and
William H. Neukom (San Francisco, CA)

2010 Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson (Madison, WI)

2009 Edward W. Madeira, Jr. (Philadelphia, PA)

2008 Judge Deanell Reece Tacha (Lawrence, KS)

2007 Chief Justice Ronald George (San Francisco, CA)

2006 Judge Norma L. Shapiro (Philadelphia, PA)

2005 Judge Judith S. Kaye (New York, NY)

2004 William T. Coleman, Jr. (Washington, D.C.)

2003 Senator Howell Heflin (State of Alabama)

2002 Justice Anthony Kennedy (U.S. Supreme Court)

2001 Governor Tom Ridge (State of Pennsylvania)