Jerry Brown is taking a long-weekend respite from the campaign to attend his class reunion at Yale Law School, where the Democratic governor will receive the prestigious Award of Merit, his spokesman said.
Brown left the state Thursday for New Haven, Conn., just 19 days before Californians will vote on his statewide public safety initiative, Proposition 57. Brown also is helping lead the charge against Proposition 53, which could threaten the state’s ability to build large projects he favors.
Two years ago, Brown made a similar reunion trip, where he appeared on panels, before coasting to a fourth term as governor over Republican Neel Kashkari.
The Award of Merit, presented by the the alumni organization of Yale Law School, recognizes graduates or full-time faculty for having made a substantial contribution to public service or to the legal profession. Brown, a 1964 graduate, attended alongside Gary Hart, a former Democratic presidential candidate and Robert Rubin, a former U.S. Treasury secretary.
Past recipients of the award include former President Gerald R. Ford, class of 1941, in 1979, former President Bill Clinton ‘73 (1993), Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton ’73 (2013), and U.S. Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas ‘74, Samuel Alito ‘75, Sonia Sotomayor ‘79 in 2014.