Judge Michael W. McConnell of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and the S.J. Quinney College Presidential Professor of Law this year received an honorary degree from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.
Judge McConnell, a native of Louisville, has served on the Circuit Court since 2003. At the College of Law, he teaches constitutional law, family law, state and local government, religion, and the First Amendment. He received his B.A. with honors from Michigan State University and his J.D. with honors from the University of Chicago, where he taught as a law professor for twelve years.
The University of Notre Dame noted McConnell’s legal scholarship and positions: “He is well known for his enthusiastic advocacy for the free exercise of religion and free speech and for his criticism of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.”
Among others receiving honorary degrees at Notre Dame this year were actor Martin Sheen; Roman Catholic Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick of Washington, D.C.; John Thompson of Symantec Corporation; Princeton University historian Peter R. Brown; and writer Samuel Hazo.