Harvard Law School professor Laurence H. Tribe ’66 is the recipient of the 2009 Outstanding Scholar Award from the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. The annual award recognizes an individual who has engaged in outstanding scholarship in law or in the field of government.

“Laurence Tribe is one of the great constitutional scholars of our time,” said ABF Director Robert L. Nelson. “His work has influenced the thinking of generations of law students, legal scholars and the courts. Professor Tribe has applied his considerable analytic talents through constitution writing and appellate advocacy. Because he exemplifies the highest ideals of scholarship and public service in the legal academy, he is a wonderful choice for this prestigious award.”

Tribe will be presented the award and will deliver the keynote address at the fellows’ 53rd Annual Awards Reception and Banquet during the American Bar Association Midyear Meeting on Feb. 14, at Boston’s Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel.

Tribe, a noted constitutional scholar, is the Carl M. Loeb University Professor at HLS. He has published more than 100 books and articles. He has argued more than 35 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and has frequently testified before Congress on a broad range of constitutional issues. 

His constitutional law treatise, American Constitutional Law, has been cited more often than any other post-1950 legal text. 

The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation is an honorary organization of lawyers, judges, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession.