Today, President Donald J. Trump awarded Hon. Edwin Meese III the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

"This prestigious award is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, which may be awarded by the President to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors," explained a statement from the White House. 

Attorney General Meese served as the 75th United States Attorney General. He is the founder and namesake of the Heritage Foundation’s Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and a member of the Federalist Society's Board of Directors.  

On behalf of everyone at the Society: Congratulations!

Recently, Professor Steven G. Calabresi sat down with Attorney General Meese to learn more about his upbringing, his work with President Ronald Reagan, and his role in popularizing the concept of Originalism. Please enjoy a few excerpts from that interview: