J. Reuben Clark Law Society

2012 Rex E. Lee Advocacy Award Ceremony with Justice Thomas Lee

On May 21, 2012, the DC Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society held its 12th Annual Rex Lee Advocacy Award and Shawn Bentley Public Service Awards Ceremony in Washington, DC.

The Rex E. Lee Advocacy Award, named after former appellate lawyer and founding dean of the J. Reuben Clark Law School, was awarded to Greg Garre, former Solicitor General and current Global Chair of Latham & Watkins’ Supreme Court & Appellate Practice Group. Garre is one  of four former Solicitor Generals to be awarded this honor. 

Garre has  exhibited superior ethical standards and excellence in every aspect of his legal career. According to Paul Clement, a fellow former Solicitor General who introduced Garre at the ceremony, Garre’s legal accomplishments are more than enough to merit this award. Among his accomplishments is Garre’s impeccable track record having prevailed in 28  of the 34 won cases he has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court covering a vast array of legal issues.

Richard Bress, a former colleague at Latham & Watkins, went on to described Garre as a “modest superstar” of appellate law because of his humble character, outstanding service in the legal sphere and attitude of equality in every case he deals with.

Justice Thomas R. Lee, Utah Supreme Court Justice and son of Rex E. Lee, was this year’s key note speaker and honored guest along with his brother, Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah). Justice Lee, introduced by Dean James Rasband of the J. Reuben Clark Law School, shared several memories of growing up with his father and described him as his best friend, mentor and example in all things. Both Justice Tom Lee and Senator Mike Lee felt it was an honor to be present at an event which continued to pay tribute to their father’s many accomplishments.

 In addition to honoring a member of the legal community with the Rex E. Lee Advocacy Award, two current law students were presented with a Shawn Bentley Public Service scholarship in honor of former appellate attorney and serviceman, Shawn Bentley. This year’s scholarships were awarded to Chris Rawlins, a second year law student at Georgetown University, and Ashley Erickson, a second year law student at Brigham Young University. Their awards were presented by Judge Sharon Prost who was a close friend and colleague of Shawn Bentley.

Posted: 2012-05-29