Professor Stephen Sachs of Duke Law was awarded the 2020 Joseph Story Award by the Federalist Society. The annual award is given to “a young academic (40 and under) who has demonstrated excellence in legal scholarship, a commitment to teaching, a concern for students, and who has made a significant public impact in a manner that advances the rule of law in a free society.”
The award is named for Justice Joseph Story, who became a sitting Supreme Court justice in his thirties, taught at Harvard, and wrote the Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States.
In accepting the award, Professor Sachs explained that he wanted to become a lawyer following his dad’s example. Lawyers can “go into a library, do some research, make an argument — and the hope is, at the end of it, the world would be different.”