Speaker of the Year Award

The Distinguished Speaker of the Year award honors a speaker who exemplifies the values of a public advocate in a democracy.

2009

   Former US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

2008

Actor Paul Newman

2007

Former Vice President Albert Gore

2006

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

2005

Nina Tottenberg, National Public Radio

2004

Christopher Reeve, Actor and Advocate for Medical Research

2003

Janet Reno, Former Attorney General of the United States

2001

Jimmy Carter, The Carter Center, Atlanta

1999

Parents Campaign Against Violence in the Schools 

1998

Kofi Annan, Secretary General, United Nations

1997

Franklyn Haiman, President, American Civil Liberties Union

1996

Bill Moyers, Public Broadcasting System

1995

Barbara Jordan, Professor of Law, University of Texas

1994

Brian Lamb, C-SPAN

1993

Hillary Rodham Clinton, First Lady of the United States

1992

Barbara Jordan, Professor of Law, University of Texas

1991

William Brennan, Justice, United States Supreme Court

1990

Laurence Tribe, Professor of Law, Harvard University

1989

Dianne Feinstein, Mayor, San Francisco

1988

Ann Richards, Governor, Texas

1987

C. Everett Koop, Surgeon General of the United States

1986

Franklin Zimring, Distinguished Law :Professor

1985

Richard Lamb, Governor, Colorado

1984

Paul Simon, United States Senator, Illinois

1983

Larry Pressler, United States Senator, South Dakota

1982

Joshua B. Everett

1981

Thomas Bradley, Mayor, Los Angeles, California

1980

Bishop Fulton J. Sheen

1979

Henry Cisneros, Mayor, San Antonio, Texas