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Retired United States Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Presented with Inaugural Gavel Award at The John Marshall Law School

Law students from the Phi Delta Phi Honor Society recognized Justice Stevens for his commitment to legal education and professionalism.

Chicago, IL, September 20, 2014 --( Multiple generations of legal minds gathered yesterday in the Goldberg Courtroom of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois. Retired Justice John Paul Stevens visited with students and faculty upon receiving invitation by the school's legal honor society Phi Delta Phi - Stevens Inn. The Chapter was named Stevens Inn in the Justice's honor. Marie Sarantakis, Magister of Phi Delta Phi - Stevens Inn, presented the Justice with the Chapter’s inaugural mahogany Gavel Award.

The Gavel Award is symbolic of a commitment to legal education and professionalism. “Justice Stevens is not only our Chapter’s namesake, but embodies the characteristics that our organization seeks to promote. His strong academic background and devotion to public service are unparalleled,” stated Ms. Sarantakis.

Justice Stevens graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern Law School with the highest GPA recorded in the school’s history. He later served as a lecturer, earned a Bronze Star from the Navy, practiced as Chief Counsel on a special commission, which investigated a bribery scandal in the Illinois Supreme Court, and served on the United States Supreme Court for almost thirty-five years. Justice Stevens authored nearly 400 majority opinions, many of which protected the rights of educators and those receiving an education. The presentation of the Gavel Award recognizes these, amongst the Justice’s many other accomplishments.

"Justice Stevens helped shape the political and cultural landscape of the nation. We humbly invited the Justice to present him with an award, but his acceptance, was in turn, an award to us," stated Ms. Sarantakis upon conclusion of the ceremony. Stevens Inn plans to continue the tradition of presenting the Gavel Award for many years to come.
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