The first honorary degree given by Knox was a law degree -- an honorary doctor of laws, awarded in 1860 to Abraham Lincoln. But well before that, one of Knox’s very first graduates, Lucius Foote, a member of the Knox Class of 1846, went on to a noteworthy career as a lawyer, judge and diplomat. Edgar Bancroft, Class of 1878, was a prominent attorney, friend of Teddy Roosevelt and U.S. Ambassador to Japan in the 1920’s.
Knox graduates are successfully practicing law in a wide variety of fields and places:
Attorney and Partner, Clifford Chance, New York. David Schulz '74. (Photo, right).
Howard E. Buhse Professor of Finance and Law, University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Edward Adams '85.
Attorney, Private Practice, Prairie Village, Kansas. As pro bono attorney, argued the Cruzan "right to die" case before the United States Supreme Court in 1989. William H. Colby '77.
Attorney, Ropes and Gray, Boston, Massachusetts. Alyson Gal '82.
Former General Counsel, YMCA of the USA, Chicago, Illinois. Janet Koran '71.
Clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, (Special Assistant to the Director), Department of Labor, Washington, D.C. Susan Greenberg Lahne '70.
Attorney, Morin and Associates, San Francisco, California. Charles Morin '69.
Professor, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C. Susan Deller Ross '64.
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, Washington, D.C.; formerly Clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Margaret Ryan '85.
Attorney and Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Chicago, Illinois. Charles Smith, Jr. '84.
John Podesta, a Knox College graduate and member of the Board of Trustees, will join the White House staff as a senior counselor to President Barack Obama, according to media reports.
Competing against student newspapers from all over the country, The Knox Student captures fourth place in the News Story category and honorable mention in the Editorial/Opinion category.
The Knox College chapter of Habitat for Humanity sponsors a contest in which team of students competed to build the tallest structure, using only marshmallows and toothpicks.