Alumnus and National Council Member Webster to Receive Prestigious ALI Henry J. Friendly Medal

The Hon. William H. Webster, JD ’49, will receive the American Law Institute’s (ALI’s) Henry J. Friendly Medal. One of the ALI’s highest honors, the medal is awarded periodically to individuals who have made significant contributions to the law.

The medal is named in honor of Judge Henry Friendly, a former chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, who has been referred to as “the most powerful legal reasoner in American legal history.” Past recipients of the Friendly Medal include retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and the late New York University School of Law Constitutional law scholar Ronald Dworkin.

A Washington University School of Law National Council member, Webster is a retired partner at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in Washington, D.C. He previously directed the Central Intelligence Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation; served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri; and was a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

In addition, Webster served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy in World War II and the Korean War. Among his many accolades are the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Security Medal. He currently serves as chair of the Homeland Security Advisory Council. Additionally, Washington University has presented Webster with an Alumni Citation for contributions to the field of law, the William Greenleaf Eliot Award, and an honorary degree. At the law school he has received the Distinguished Law Alumni Award, and the Webster Society scholarship program for law students committed to public service is named in his honor.