ABA Medal awarded to Lawrence Fox, champion of legal ethics

The ABA Medal, the American Bar Association’s highest honor, will be awarded to Lawrence J. Fox, a longtime champion of legal ethics, professional responsibility and pro bono work who also has given decades of other service to the association and the legal profession.

Fox will receive the ABA Medal at the virtual General Assembly on August 4, the opening day of the ABA 2021 Hybrid Annual Meeting. The meeting concludes on August 10 at the end of the two-day House of Delegates meeting, which will be held both virtually and at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

The ABA Medal recognizes exceptionally distinguished service by a lawyer or lawyers to American jurisprudence and is given only in years when the ABA Board of Governors determines a nominee has provided extraordinary service to the legal profession.

“As a practitioner, pro bono volunteer, law professor and national bar leader, Larry Fox has distinguished himself as one of the giants of the legal profession,” ABA President Patricia Lee Refo said. “In addition to his decades of service to the American Bar Association, Larry has been a leading voice on legal ethics and professional responsibility, has taught and mentored countless law students, and consistently done impactful pro bono work, particularly in the area of death-penalty representation.

In more than a half century of legal work, Larry has exemplified the highest standards and ideals of the legal profession.”

Fox’s record of service to the ABA includes longtime membership in the House of Delegates and helping to launch the forerunner to ABA Day in D.C., the association’s annual grassroots lobbying event on Capitol Hill. He also has held top leadership posts of the Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, the Commission on the Evaluation of the Rules of Professional Conduct, the ABA Death Penalty Representation Project and the Section of Litigation.

Recognized nationally as one of the most active ABA participants in contributing to issues relating to lawyer and judicial conduct, Fox has taught professional responsibility for three decades, lectured at more than 35 law schools on the same topic and written or co-written eight books on professional responsibility with Professor Susan Martyn. A longtime veteran of securities regulation and litigation matters, Fox was a partner at Drinker, Biddle, & Reath LLP in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, before joining Schoeman, Updike, Kaufman, & Gerber LLP in New York. He is also a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Bar Foundation and serves on multiple corporate boards of both for profit and not-for-profit entities. He received both his B.A. and law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.