Joseph D. Kearney, dean of the Marquette University Law School, received the 2019 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Seventh Circuit.
The American Inns of Court is an association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals from all levels and backgrounds who share a passion for professional excellence.
Kearney was presented the honor during the Judicial Conference of the Seventh Circuit, an event held in Milwaukee earlier this week. Among the speakers at the conference was Chief Judge Diane P. Wood, U.S. District Judge Gary S. Feinerman, former Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and current Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh.
The American Inns of Court Professionalism Award is presented annually in participating federal circuits to “a lawyer or judge whose life and practice display sterling character and unquestioned integrity, coupled with ongoing dedication to the highest standards of the legal profession and the rule of law.”
Kearney has been dean of the Law School since 2003. He has remained active in scholarship and teaching while leading the Law School’s outreach to the community, whether previously in the Eckstein Hall project or more recently in advancing the Law School’s participation in “Beyond Boundaries,” Marquette’s strategic plan. This includes the 2017 opening of the Lubar Center for Public Policy Research and Civic Education.