Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Professor Drew Days Receives Lifetime Achievement Honors

Alfred M. Rankin Professor Emeritus of Law Drew S. Days III is the recipient of lifetime achievement awards from The American Lawyer and the Connecticut Law Tribune.

Days is one of eight people to receive the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from The American Lawyer. The recipients have had distinguished careers at some of the country's most prominent law firms and organizations and have also made their mark through pro bono, government, or civic work.

Days will also receive a Professional Excellence Awards from the Connecticut Law Tribune. The Professional Excellence Awards honor attorneys with 30 or more years of experience who have made substantial contributions during their careers to law firms, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, corporations, law schools and the judiciary, and to the practice of law in general.

Read a profile of Professor Days from The American Lawyer.

Read more about the Connecticut Law Tribune Professional Excellence Award recipients.

Drew S.  Days, III, has been the Alfred M. Rankin Professor of Law since 1991. He joined the faculty in 1981. At Yale, his teaching and writing have been in the fields of civil procedure, federal jurisdiction, Supreme Court practice, antidiscrimination law, comparative constitutional law (Canada and the United States), and international human rights. From 1988 to 1993, he was also the founding director of the Orville H. Schell Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School. He was a member of the staff of NAACP Legal Defense Fund in New York City, litigating cases in the areas of school desegregation, police misconduct, and employment discrimination until 1977. From 1977 to the end of 1980, Professor Days served as the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the Carter Administration. In that capacity, he was responsible for enforcement nationwide of federal civil and criminal civil rights laws. From 1993–1996, Professor Days served as the Solicitor General of the United States, the Government’s lawyer before the United States Supreme Court, in the Clinton Administration.