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Richard James Medalie

Richard James Medalie, American lawyer. Bar: District of Columbia 1958, New York 1963. Fulbright scholar, 1952-1953; Ford fellow, 1954-1955.


  • Medalie, Richard James was born on July 21, 1929 in Duluth, Minnesota, United States. Son of William Louis and Mona (Kolad) Medalie.

  • Education

    • Bachelor summa cum laude, University Minnesota, 1952. Certified, University London, 1953. A.M., Harvard University, 1955.

      Juris Doctor cum laude, Harvard University, 1958.


    • Law clerk to Honorary George T. Washington United States Court Appeals, Washington, 1958-1959. Assistant solicitor general United States, 1960-1962. Associate Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler, New York City, 1962-1965.

      Deputy director Ford Foundation Institute Criminal Law and Procedure, Georgetown University Law Center, 1965-1968. Partner Friedman & Medalie and predecessors, Washington, 1968-1998. President Pegasus International, since 1970.

      Executive director The Appleseed Foundation, 1993-1994, chairman board, 1993—2002, chairman emeritus, since 2003, president, 1995-1998. Private practice, 1998—2006, Hull, Massachusetts, since 2006. Adjunct professor administrative and criminal law Georgetown University Law Center, 1967—1970.

      Member District of Columbia Law Revision Commission, 1975—1987. Chairman Criminal Law Task Force, executive committee, 1978—1982. Member panel commercial arbitrators National Arbitration Forum, since 2004.

      Vice chairman Harvard Law School Fund, 1981—1984, chairman national major gifts, 1984—1986, deputy chairman, 1986—1987, chairman, 1987—1989. Vice president, board directors Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, Washington, 1998—2006.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: District of Columbia 1958, New York 1963.


    • Author: From Escobedo to Miranda: The Anatomy of a Supreme Court Decision, 1966. Co-author: Federal Consumer Safety Legislation, 1970. Co-author, editor: Commercial Arbitration for the 1990s, 1991.

      Co-author, co-editor American Students Organize: Founding the National Student Association after World World War II, 2006. Co-editor: Crime: A Community Responds, 1967. Staff: Harvard Law Review, 1956-1958.

      Case editor, 1957-1958. Contributor articles to legal journals.


    Board director alumni association Experiment in International Living, Brattleboro, Vermont, 1961-1964, president, 1962-1963. Fellow American Bar Foundation, Harvard Law School Association District of Columbia (president 1976-1977, national vice president 1977-1978), Harvard Alumni Association (law school director 1991-1995). Member American Bar Association (program chair 1984, 90, chair legislation subcommittee 1986-1989, ADR/arbitration committee, representative on advisory committee national conference Emerging ADR Issues in State and Federal Courts 1991, vice-chairman 1991-1994, arbitration committee litigation section, co-chair national conference Critical Issues in Arbitration 1993), American Arbitration Association (panel commercial arbitrators since 1964), District of Columbia Unified Bar, Association Bar City of New York, American Law Institute (life, consultative group, model penal code sentencing), Cosmos Club, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta.


    • Married Susan Diane Abrams, June 5, 1960. Children: Samuel David, Daniel Alexander.
    • father: William Louis Medalie
    • mother: Mona (Kolad) Medalie
    • spouse: Susan Diane Abrams
    • children: Samuel David Medalie
    • Daniel Alexander Medalie
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