2014

The Honorable Martin J. Walsh
Mayor of the City of Boston

2013

David Gergen
CNN Senior Political Analyst
Director of the Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School

2012

Michael Sandel
Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government
Harvard University

2011

Martha L. Minow
Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law
Dean of the Faculty of Law
Harvard Law School

2010

Dr. Carol R. Johnson
Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools 

2009

Congressman Barney Frank
Fourth Congressional District of Massachusetts
Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee 

2008

Cass R. Sunstein
Karl N. Llewellyn Dist. Service Prof. of Jurisprudence, Law School, Dept. of Political Science and the College, University of Chicago

2007

Governor Deval Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

2006

Harold Hongju Koh
Dean and Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith
Professor of International Law, Yale Law School
(Currently serves as Legal Adviser to the United States Department of State)

2005

Jamie Gorelick
Member of the 9/11 Commission
Former Deputy Attorney General of the United States
Partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr 

2004

Judge Barrington Daniels Parker, Jr.
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

2003

Judge Guido Calabresi
Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

2002

Justice Anthony Kennedy
United States Supreme Court

2001

Susan Estrich
Robert Kingsley Professor of Law and Political Science
University of Southern California Law School

2000

Marvin Kalb
Chief Diplomatic Correspondent for CBS News and NBC News and moderator of Meet the Press"
(Currently Marvin Kalb is a James Clark Welling Presidential Fellow at The George Washington University and Edward R. Murrow Professor Emeritus at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He is also a contributing news analyst for National Public Radio and Fox News Channel.) 

1999

Judge Constance Baker Motley
United States Supreme Court Justice

1998

Chief Judge Patricia McGowan Wald
Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

1997

Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist
Chief Justice of the United States

1996

Justice Stephen Breyer
United States Supreme Court

1995

Judge Aloyisus Leon Higginbotham, Jr.
Chief Judge of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals

1994

Matthew V. Storin
Editor of the Boston Globe
(Currently Adjunct Professor in American Studies and the John W. Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics & Democracy at Notre Dame)

1993

John le Carré
Novelist

1992

Justice Harry Blackmun
United State Supreme Court

1991

Arthur R. Miller
Bruce Bromley Professor of Law at Harvard Law School
(Currently a Professor at NYU Law)