John Marshall Medal in Law

The John Marshall Medal in Law was created in 2005 to recognize a person who shares John Marshall’s philosophy of the supremacy of the rule of law in the United States, a strong belief in judicial independence, and the principles and qualities he displayed as a citizen soldier, lawyer, and as Chief Justice of the United States. The inaugural recipient of the John Marshall Medal in Law was Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the United States Supreme Court, and the second recipient of the Medal in Law in 2008 was the Honorable Griffin B. Bell, former Attorney General of the United States. In 2010, Senior Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court and Former Chief Justice of Virginia, Harry L. Carrico, received the Medal in Law.

The criteria for Medal recipients are that candidates should be:

  1. persons of national/international prominence;
  2. persons who have exhibited professional excellence in a field related to John Marshall’s distinguished career as a citizen soldier, lawyer, member of the Virginia General Assembly, Special Envoy to France, Congressman, preeminent biographer, Secretary of State, and Chief Justice of the United States;
  3. persons who are willing to personally support the Foundation’s efforts to promote and build awareness of the Foundation’s programs related to its mission.


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