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FEDERAL JUDGE WINS
INTELLECTUAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

By Dan Adkins

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Federal Appeals Judge Pierce Lively was recognized for his intellect, integrity and the clarity of his written opinions.

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Lively will receive his award prior to a special lecture by historian David Eisenhower.  For more information, click here.

March 10, 2000 – (Lexington, Ky.) – U.S. Appeals Court Judge Pierce Lively has been named the recipient of the University of Kentucky Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement.   The award, presented by the 2000 UK Library Associates, was created to recognize high intellectual achievement in Kentucky or by Kentuckians, and to encourage education and the free and creative use of the mind by the citizens of the commonwealth.

Lively, 78, of Louisville, served on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati from 1972 until his retirement in 1997.  He served as the court’s chief judge from 1983 to 1988 and as its senior judge from 1988 until his retirement.

Lively was nominated to the court by then-President Nixon.  At his Senate confirmation hearings, colleagues praised him for his intellect and integrity.  During his tenure on the court, colleagues, clerks and lawyers who came before the court recognized the clarity of his decisions.  A former clerk, Joanne C. Brant, now a professor at the Pettit School of Law at Ohio Northern University, said, “(Lively) brought to the court a quiet dignity and a passion for precise reasoning and clear writing… His opinions are models of legal reasoning that have had enormous impact on American law.”

Among the cases he heard was a school textbook controversy in Tennessee, in which a group of fundamentalist Christian parents protested that their rights were violated when a local school system included “The Diary of Anne Frank” and “The Wizard of Oz” as required reading.  Lively and the Appeals Court ruled that simply requiring the students to read and discuss a text did not force them to believe what they read.  The full text of Lively’s opinion received national news coverage.

Lively will receive the medallion at the UK Library Associates annual dinner at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 27, at the Singletary Center for the Arts.  Tickets for a 5:30 p.m. reception, the dinner and the Edward F Prichard Jr. Lecture by historian David Eisenhower are $50.  For more information, contact Esther Edwards at (606) 257-0500, ext. 2084.


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