image of John Noonan John T. Noonan's work has been principally in the intellectual history of moral ideas in the West, including studies of abortion, bribery, contraception, divorce, euthanasia, family law, legal ethics, religious freedom, and usury. His most recent book is The Lustre of Our Country (1998). He has been the Holmes Lecturer at Harvard Law School, the Dewey Memorial Lecturer at Minnesota University and the Messenger Lecturer at Cornell University. He was the Aquinas Medalist of the American Catholic Philosophical Association (1995). For ten years he was the editor of the American Journal of Jurisprudence. He has been since 1986 a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.