Justice John Paul Stevens visits
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Posted by: Tyler Kocak
Retired United StatesSupreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens
Receives Inaugural Gavel Award from Stevens Inn at The John Marshall Law School
Multiple generations of legal minds gathered on September 18,
2014,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
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
"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 will continue the
tradition of presenting the Gavel Award in years to come.