2019 Joseph Story Award Winner: Prof. Samuel L. Bray
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2019 Joseph Story Award Winner: Prof. Samuel L. Bray


Joseph Story was one of the more incredible
people in the history of the United States. He was born in 1779. He was appointed to the Supreme Court at the
ripe old age of 32, and he served until he died in office in 1845. And all the while that he was a, uh, member
of the Supreme Court, and a prolific one, he was also the Dane Professor of Law at the
Harvard University. So he had, essentially, an extraordinary dual
career. Joseph Story was one of the very first people
to teach law at an American school, at Harvard. Basically, Joseph Story was involved in some
of the very first efforts to teach law as a more systematic, uh, discipline. Joseph Story Award is given to an outstanding
academic under the age of 40 every year for someone who has excellence in legal scholarship
and a commitment to teaching and a dedication to their students. Sam was really an exceptional colleague. Any recognition of Sam’s incredible commitment
to the law, and to his students in particular, is well-deserved. And to have an award that focuses on both
of those things is rare and, and really important. I think of him as the bonus vir, which is
the, the Latin term for the “good citizen.” He’s completely well-rounded. He’s admired by the people with whom he works. Professor Sam Bray stands out in all the categories
that we look for. He’s a leader in his field of remedies. He’s published an article, most notably Multiple
Chancellors, that’s really informed much of the discussion about the scope of national
injunctions. He’s also beloved by his students. We got a lot of positive feedback from students
everywhere he’s taught. He’s known as one of the smartest, but also
kindest, professors. The winners of the, uh, Story prize, which was
at one time known as the Bator prize, are, in fact, people who are distinguished members
of the academic community today. I’m very honored to receive the Joseph Story
Award because of the many outstanding scholars who have already received it, because I respect
and admire Joseph Story, uh, and because I respect and admire the Federalist Society’s commitment
to free speech and debate in American legal life. In a decade and a half from now, one of you
will be standing at this lectern expressing your gratitude for receiving the Joseph Story
Award, remembering with fondness the work of your chapter to promote debate and discussion,
and expressing your hope that future generations will do the same.

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