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Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), L'64, H'94, to be Honored with Drinan Award for Public Service

October 1, 2014 —

Sen. Patrick Leahy (L'64) Sen. Patrick Leahy (L'64)

Georgetown University Law Center will present the Robert F. Drinan, S.J., Law Alumni Public Service Award to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), L’64, H’94, during the Law Center’s Reunion Weekend on October 18. The presentation of the award coincides with the 50th anniversary of Leahy’s law school graduation and the 40th anniversary of his Senate service.

In a public symposium as part of Reunion weekend, Georgetown Law Dean William M. Treanor will discuss with Leahy his professional life as experienced through his photography, among other topics. An exhibit of Leahy’s photography is currently on display at Georgetown Law.

Leahy was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1974 and remains the only Democrat elected to this office from Vermont. In December 2008, Leahy became the state’s longest serving senator. 

As the current President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Leahy ranks first in seniority. He is also the chairman of the Judiciary Committee and the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs and the most senior member of the Appropriations and Agriculture Committees.  

Leahy is co-chair of the Senate National Guard Caucus and the Congressional Internet Caucus. He co-authored the Northeast Interstate Dairy and the Milk Income Loss Compensation program and has championed national organic standards and a variety of other farm, conservation and environmental initiatives, including efforts to protect Lake Champlain. He also wrote the world’s first law banning the export of landmines, and the Leahy War Victims Fund is used worldwide to help landmine victims. 

Created in 2001, the Drinan Award is named for Georgetown Law Professor Robert Drinan, and honors Georgetown Law alumni, whose careers, like Drinan’s, enhance human dignity and advance justice. 

Drinan served as the representative from Massachusetts’ 3rd and 4th Districts from 1971 to 1980, and taught at Georgetown Law from 1981 to 2007, where his academic work and classes focused on legal ethics and international human rights. 

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