Leonard V. Quigley— 1996 Martha and Artemis Joukowsky Distinguished Service Award

Award Citation:

Since 1978 the name of Leonard V. Quigley has appeared continuously with the list of members of the Governing Board of the Archaeological Institute of America. During his long service as General Counsel of the Institute, he has seen six Presidents come and go. Yet of all the officers, Len Quigley is little known to the general membership. For this reason, the time is long overdue to recognize Len Quigley's immense contribution to the well-being of the Archaeological Institute of America by awarding him its Award for Distinguished Service.

Following a long and honorable tradition of voluntary service, which belies the low esteem in which the legal profession is currently held, Leonard Quigley accepted the Institute's invitation in 1978 to become its General Counsel. In doing so he placed his vast knowledge of the law and the resources of his office at the disposal of the Institute free of charge. Though not without a keen amateur interest in archaeology before committing himself to the AIA, Len's decision to accept the challenge was prompted as much by his sense of adventure and his friendly spirit. A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross (B.A. 1953), Leonard Quigley received his professional training at Harvard Law School (LL.B. magna cum laude 1959) and at New York University Law School where he specialized in international law (LL.M. 1962). He has served most of his legal career with the illustrious New York City firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison, of which he is a partner and leader of the Canadian practice. During his legal career Len has fulfilled many demanding responsibilities, notably in the fields of corporate law, international law, and in the North American Free Trade Agreement. His membership in both the American and Canadian Bar Associations is an especially appropriate reflection of the AIA’s recognition of its own international nature in the recent establishment of AIA-Canada.

If the contrast between the high-powered universe of international trade that Len inhabits during the week and the leisurely academic world of the AIA must on occasion bring a smile to Len Quigley's face, there is never the slightest hint that in his pro bono handling of its legal affairs the AIA is any less deserving of his attention than his far grander, paying clients. Like a good physician, Len is always on call, whether to offer an informal legal opinion during the deliberations at Governing Board and Executive Committee meetings or to cast a critical eye over some sensitive document. In the past five years alone, for example, Len Quigley has reviewed draft after draft of the latest major revision of the bylaws, scrutinized the personnel policies that regulate conditions of employment for the staff at AIA headquarters and in the office of Archaeology Magazine, engaged experts from his firm to draw up the contracts for the Archaeology television series and for the monograph and colloquia series, defined the legal status of the Institute's endowments and restricted funds, and maintained a watching brief over the evolving formulation of the Code of Professional Standards. These activities may seem remote from the stated mission of the AIA, but their careful execution is essential in providing a stout shield against the threat of expensive litigation with all its debilitating and distracting consequences. That an organization with a public profile as high as that of the AIA and with a magazine that does not eschew controversy continues to enjoy freedom from legal suits is due in no small measure to the vigilance of our General Counsel and the powerful authority he commands through the reputation of the firm he serves.

Leonard Quigley, the AIA recognizes with profound gratitude the outstanding service that you and your colleagues at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison have rendered the cause of archaeology over the past 18 years. We thank you for the sage advice and expert legal counsel you have provided in abundance and pro bono. We appreciate your patience and good humor in handling your sometimes exasperating clients. Above all we cherish your friendship, warm humanity, and puckish sense of fun. The Archaeological Institute of America is proud to present the Distinguished Service Award as a token of its gratitude for sharing with us your professional skills so generously to our great benefit.

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