American Bar Association Medal

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The American Bar Association Medal (or ABA Medal) is the highest award given by the American Bar Association for "exceptionally distinguished service by a lawyer or lawyers to the cause of American jurisprudence."[1] The ABA Board of Governors chooses the medal's recipient. The medal was authorized at the 50th anniversary meeting of the ABA in 1928.[2] The first medal was given in 1929 and it has been given most, but not all, years since.

The medal itself was designed by Laura Gardin Fraser.[3] It is four inches in diameter, made of 24K gold, later reduced to 14K gold. On the obverse is a profile of John Marshall with the inscription "To the end it may be a government of laws and not of men," from the Constitution of Massachusetts. On the reverse is "Justitia" with a likeness of Lady Justice.[2]

List of recipients[edit]

Source: "Recipients of the American Bar Association Medal" at the American Bar Association website

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 ABA Medal to honor retired Gen. Earl E. Anderson". American Bar Association. July 2014. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  2. ^ a b "The American Bar Association Medal". ABA Journal. 39: 697–700. August 1953.
  3. ^ "James Earle and Laura Gardin Fraser Papers". Syracuse University Library. Retrieved 2016-01-02.