In an emotional address to the American Bar Association, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday implored the nation’s lawyers to constantly re-examine their conduct to be sure they exemplify principles of justice and fairness and advocate for the rule of law around the world.

Kennedy, 71, received the association’s Medal of Honor, its highest award, for a career of advancing the rule of law and advocating for improvements in the profession and administration of justice.Nearing his 20th anniversary on the nation’s highest court, Kennedy recalled his early days as a lawyer and choked up as he thanked his family for supporting his career.

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