Medal for Excellence Awarded to Morton L. Janklow ’53, Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. ’83
Honorees Selected for Exemplary Qualities of Character, Intellect, and Social and Professional Responsibility
New York, February 1, 2013—Columbia Law School today awarded two distinguished graduates the Medal for Excellence, the Law School’s highest honor. Renowned literary agent Morton L. Janklow ’53 and U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. ’83 were honored during the annual Winter Luncheon at the Waldorf Astoria hotel. U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. ’76, another graduate and past honoree, was also present at the ceremony.
|(left to right) Dean David M. Schizer, U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. '83, Columbia Law School Association President Michael P. Beys '99, U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. '76, and literary agent Morton L. Janklow '53|
Janklow also spoke of the Law School’s important role in his career, describing his transition from a lawyer to a literary agent.
Prior to joining the Obama administration, Verrilli was a longtime partner at Jenner & Block in Washington, D.C., where he co-chaired the firm’s Supreme Court practice. He handled numerous high-profile cases before the Supreme Court and various federal courts of appeals, including MGM Studios, Inc. v. Grokster, which established that companies building businesses based on the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted works can be liable for inducing infringement; and Wiggins v. Smith, which established principles governing the right to effective assistance of counsel at capital sentencing.