White Wins Traynor Faculty Award

September 8, 2008

Law School Professor G. Edward White has won the Roger and Madeleine Traynor Faculty Achievement Award, presented by Dean Paul Mahoney on Sept. 8 at a faculty luncheon.

G. Edward White

"Ted White is one of the most productive, influential and careful scholars in the legal academy," Mahoney said. "His recent Virginia Law Review article with Paul Halliday, 'The Suspension Clause, English Text, Imperial Contexts, and American Implications,' exemplifies the very best in interdisciplinary legal scholarship."

The article was cited prominently by the U.S. Supreme Court in last term's Boumediene v. Bush case dealing with the availability of habeas corpus for prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay.

"I am honored to receive the award and to join the distinguished list of past recipients," said White, a David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law. "Much of the credit for the Suspension Clause article should go to Paul Halliday, whose pioneering research in English archival sources provided the foundation for our conclusions about the history of habeas corpus jurisprudence."

White joined the Virginia law faculty in 1972 after clerking for U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren and serving as a visiting scholar at the American Bar Foundation. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and twice a senior fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities. White is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the Society of American Historians, and a member of the American Law Institute. His 13 published books have won numerous honors and awards, including final listing for the Pulitzer Prize in history.

The Traynor award was established in 1994 with a gift by Madeleine Traynor in honor of her husband, a former chief justice of the California Supreme Court and a visiting professor at the Law School during the late 1960s. The honor, which provides $5,000 to the recipient, is given approximately every other year to a senior faculty member.

Past recipients include:

Spring 2008 Ken Abraham
Spring 2005 George Rutherglen
Spring 2003 John Monahan
Fall 2000 John Jeffries
Fall 1998 Paul Mahoney and George Triantis
Fall 1997 Saul Levmore
Fall 1996 Michael Klarman


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