The University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello will present their highest honors, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals in Architecture, Law, and Citizen Leadership during their joint Founder's Day activities.
The awards are presented jointly by UVA, which he founded in Charlottesville in 1819, and by the Foundation, the independent, nonprofit organization that owns and operates his home, Monticello.
Law: Carlton W. Reeves, a federal judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi is the second African-American appointed to a federal judgeship in Mississippi, following a nomination by President Barack Obama in 2010.
The Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals are the highest external honors bestowed by the University, which grants no honorary degrees. They recognize achievements of those who embrace endeavors in which Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and third U.S. president, excelled and held in high regard.