Leadership Award Event in Chicago


The Center for Public Justice presented its 2009 Leadership Award on April 30 to Judge Michael W. McConnell of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. McConnell is a constitutional law scholar and a leading authority on the Constitution's First Amendment.

The Center chose Judge McConnell to receive the award for his service as a judge and particularly for his legal writings and arguments in support of religious freedom in public life, including equal treatment for the choice of religious schools. The author of many law-journal essays on these and other subjects, McConnell is a co-editor of the book Christian Perspectives on the Law (Yale University Press, 2001). He has served on the Court of Appeals since 2002 and has argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He was short-listed for consideration by President George W. Bush for a U.S. Supreme Court appointment.

A highly regarded law professor, McConnell continues to serve as a professor of law at the University of Utah College of Law. He also teaches courses at Harvard Law School, where he was a visiting professor in 2006. From 1985-96 he was a professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School.

The Leadership Award event took place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, in the Michigan Room of the University Club of Chicago, 76 E. Monroe St. (at Michigan Ave., across from Millennium Park in downtown Chicago).