Thank you very much President Benton for that generous introduction. Such a nice introduction-I wish my parents were here to hear it. My father would have loved it and my mother would have believed it. And thank you very much for the Robert Jackson Award. I appreciate that it is aspirational and not earned. I am reminded what General Peter Pace, one of our great military leaders and until recently Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, once said. He said as a young officer he resolved never to accept an award that he had not earned. As his career progressed he said he changed that. He said that he would never accept an award that someone had not earned. And it is in that spirit that I am happy to accept the Award-on behalf of the men and women in the Federal Judiciary who labor every day to protect the Constitution and preserve the Rule of Law.

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