Law School Dean James Whyte presents Sir Arthur Goodhart with the medallion while William & Mary President Davis Y. Paschall looks on.
Sir Arthur L. Goodhart, distinguished leader of the legal profession on both sides of the Atlantic, was the fourth individual to receive the Marshall-Wythe School of Law Medallion, in ceremonies at the College's annual Charter Day on February 7.
Goodhart, the only American ever to become master of an Oxford University College, has been a periodic visitor to the William and Mary campus since 1955, when he delivered one of the commemorative addresses at the Marshall-Wythe-Blackstone Bicentennial. Editor of the Quarterly Law Journal since 1936, and a leading scholar in the work of the British Law Revision Commission, he has received a long list of honorary degrees and other citations from British and American institutions.
In the summer of 1969 Sir Arthur acted as host to a select group of American law students enrolled at the annual William and Mary Summer School of Law in England, entertaining them at his Oxford penthouse and giving a personally conducted tour of the campus.
The Marshall-Wythe Medallion was authorized by the law faculty in 1967 to give special recognition by the pioneer American law school to leaders of the profession in England and America. Previous recipients have been Norris Darrell of the New York firm of Sullivan and Cromwell, president of the American Law Institute; Roger J. Traynor, recently retired chief justice of the California Supreme Court; and A. James Casner of Harvard University, distinguished teacher and author.