Current Recipient

2020 Recipient – Anthony M. Kennedy
Associate Justice
Supreme Court of the United States

Photos: Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States                                                                  1948 Whistle Stop – Paul E. Wolfe
Acceptance Speech

Justice Kennedy was nominated by President Reagan to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1987.  At that time he was a Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit where he had served since 1975.  He was confirmed by the Senate on a vote of 97 to 0, taking his seat on the Supreme Court in February 1988.  Justice Kennedy retired from the Court in July 2018.

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Justice Kennedy was born in Sacramento, California where he attended public schools.  He received a bachelor of arts degree from Stanford University and the London School of Economics, and his law degree from Harvard Law School.  After graduation from law school in 1961, he practiced law in San Francisco and later in Sacramento.  He was also a Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law from 1965 to 1988.