The medal, awarded by the American Philosophical Society, is the organization's highest award for distinguished public service and achievement in the sciences.
April 26, 2011 – Philadelphia, PA: Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP is proud to announce that Arlin M. Adams will receive the 2011 Benjamin Franklin Medal for Distinguished Public Service from the American Philosophical Society at a ceremony on April 29, 2011. Notable past recipients have included Nelson Mandela, Linus Pauling, Margaret Thatcher, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Justice Thurgood Marshall, Justice Warren Earl Burger, Senator Sam Nunn, and Senator George Mitchell. Judge Adams was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 1979 and served as the organization’s President from 1993 to 1999.
Established in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin, the American Philosophical Society (APS) is a distinguished organization of international reputation that promotes useful knowledge in the sciences and humanities through excellence in scholarly research, professional meetings, publications, library resources, and community outreach. As the country's first learned society, the APS has played an important role in American cultural and intellectual life for more than 250 years. Early members included George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Paine, Benjamin Rush, James Madison, and John Marshall. In the 21st century the APS sustains this mission in three principal ways: by honoring and engaging distinguished scientists, humanists, social scientists, and leaders in civic and cultural affairs through elected membership and opportunities for interdisciplinary, intellectual fellowship; supporting research and discovery through grants and fellowships, lectures, publications, prizes, exhibitions, and public education; and serving scholars through a research library of manuscripts and other collections internationally recognized for their enduring historic value.
Arlin M. Adams has a diversified litigation and appellate practice and has handled numerous complex litigation matters. He has extensive experience in class action litigation and punitive damage matters. Before becoming counsel to the firm, he served as a U.S. Court of Appeals judge from 1969 to 1987. His professional and civic leadership has been evident throughout his distinguished career, and in 2001, Susquehanna University created the Arlin M. Adams Center for Law and Society at Susquehanna to honor his many achievements. The University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Annenberg Foundation established the Arlin M. Adams Professorship on Constitutional Law in his honor in 2005.
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