U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland to Receive American Law Institute Friendship Medal
PHILADELPHIA: United States Attorney General Merrick B. Garland will receive the Henry J. Friendly Medal at the 2022 annual meeting of the American Law Institute. The Honorable Raymond J. Lohier, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, will present the award at ALI’s annual dinner on Tuesday, May 17.
Established in memory of Justice Henry J. Friendly, who served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit for more than 26 years, the medal recognizes contributions to law in the tradition of Justice Friendly and the Institute and is not limited to ALI members or associated with its projects. The Friendship Medal is not awarded annually, but only as needed.
“We are thrilled to have Attorney General Garland receive the Friendship Medal this year,” said David F. Levi, president of the American Law Institute. “Attorney General Garland served as clerk to Judge Friendly, so it’s no surprise that over his long career he exemplified the qualities of Judge Friendly that this award was created to celebrate: brilliance, judiciousness, analytical thoroughness, scholarship, reasoned application, tireless energy, and quick wit. Attorney General Garland has had a long and distinguished career on and off the bench, during which he has worked diligently to uphold the primacy of I am delighted that the ALI Awards Committee, chaired by Justice Lohier, has decided to honor him and his legacy at this year’s annual meeting.
Attorney General Merrick B. Garland was sworn in as the 86th Attorney General of the United States on March 11, 2021. As the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, Attorney General Garland leads the 115,000 employees of the Department of Justice, who work across the United States and in more than 50 countries around the world. Under his leadership, the Department of Justice is dedicated to upholding the rule of law, keeping our country safe, and protecting the civil rights of all Americans.
Immediately prior to his confirmation as Attorney General, Attorney General Garland served as a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He was appointed to the position in 1997, served as Chief Circuit Judge from 2013 to 2012, and served as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the United States Judicial Conference from 2017 to 2020. In 2016, President Obama appointed him appointed to the post of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Prior to becoming a federal judge, Attorney General Garland spent much of his working life in the Department of Justice. He has held career and non-career positions under five attorneys general, including as Special Assistant to the Attorney General, Assistant United States Attorney, Assistant Deputy Attorney General for the Criminal Division, and Associate Deputy Attorney General major. In these roles, his responsibilities spanned the work of the Department, including criminal, civil, and national security matters. They also included direct oversight of investigations and prosecutions of national significance, including the Oklahoma City bombing, Unabomber, and Montana Freemen cases.
Earlier in his career, Attorney General Garland was a partner at the law firm Arnold & Porter, where his practice focused on civil and criminal litigation, antitrust and administrative law. He has also taught antitrust at Harvard Law School and published law review articles on antitrust and administrative law.
Attorney General Garland graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. After law school, he clerked for Justice Henry J. Friendly of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. of the United States Supreme Court. United. He was elected to the American Law Institute in 1998.
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