Monday, February 7, 2022
A Lifetime of Public Service
The Benton Institute for Broadband & Society is proud to share the news that Benton Senior Counselor Andrew Jay Schwartzman has been awarded the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School Law Alumni Society’s highest honor, the James Wilson Award, “for a lifetime of public service.”
In a virtual ceremony posted online last week, Penn Law Dean Theodore Ruger said that Schwartzman—a member of Penn’s 1968 undergraduate class and the law school class of 1971—“is known as the dean of public interest communications attorneys and is a nationally recognized expert on media and telecommunications policy.” Ruger added, “He was one of the first public interest lawyers to specialize in media and communications, and his policy portfolio speaks to his influence and his impact.”
"It has been Benton’s honor to support Andy and his work over the past eight years," said Benton Institute for Broadband & Society Executive Director Adrianne B. Furniss. "Over our long history, Benton has always promoted communications in the public interest. Andy's career demonstrates how public interest communications law ensures that the public has effective, full-time representation in civil rights, civil liberties, and regulatory matters."
The Benton Institute will celebrate Schwartzman's distinguished career at its 40th-anniversary event in Washington, DC, on April 6.
Penn Law Dean Theodore Ruger’s introduction and a short statement from Schwartzman start at approximately 23:27 on the video linked here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wGBt2hQB-4
Biographies of Schwartzman and the other awardees are posted at: https://www.law.upenn.edu/live/news/14417-2021-22-penn-law-alumni-society-awards
The Benton Institute for Broadband & Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all people in the U.S. have access to competitive, High-Performance Broadband regardless of where they live or who they are. We believe communication policy - rooted in the values of access, equity, and diversity - has the power to deliver new opportunities and strengthen communities.
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