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BSF Chairman David Boies Presented with Highest Honors from Yale Law School and the American Bar Association


(L to R) BSF Partner Stephen Zack, BSF Chairman David Boies, and former Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson at the ABA Awards presentation

Boies, Schiller & Flexner Chairman David Boies received two highly distinguished awards in 2012: Yale Law School’s top honor, the Award of Merit, and the American Bar Association’s greatest tribute, the ABA Medal. 

Yale Law School dean Robert Post presented Mr. Boies with the Award of Merit at a luncheon October 20, 2012, referring to Mr. Boies as a “trailblazing lawyer,” “crystalline in his clarity and reasoning” and “a perfect model of integrity and tact.”

Upon accepting the award, Mr. Boies spoke of the practice of law as facilitating justice, which, he asserted, includes “what we do in our communities [and] what we do in making justice truly available to all of our citizens and ultimately to every citizen in the world.”

Mr. Boies received the ABA Medal along with Gibson Dunn’s Theodore Olson at the association’s annual meeting in Toronto, held August 4 – 9, 2011. The award, presented by outgoing ABA president and BSF partner Steve Zack, was presented to the pair for their ongoing battle against California’s same-sex marriage ban, Proposition 8.

Upon receiving the award, Mr. Boies stated: “There is no greater honor that a lawyer can have but to accept this award from [the ABA] because not only is this the highest award that you give, but you are the best representatives of the profession that we all love.”