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Law Symposium: Justice Thomas’s Thirty-Year Legacy on the Court

October 21 @ 12:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The Heritage Foundation and The C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State at Antonin Scalia Law School will co-host a special event to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Justice Clarence Thomas joining the United States Supreme Court. Bringing together jurists, legal academics, and practitioners, including many of his former clerks, we will discuss the Justice’s jurisprudence and immense impact on the Court over the last three decades. Join us for this all-day law symposium to honor this legal titan’s legacy.
Agenda:
8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
John Malcolm, Vice President, Institute for Constitutional Government and Director, Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation
Jennifer Mascott, Assistant Professor of Law and Co-Executive Director of The C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State, Antonin Scalia Law School
9:15 a.m. Panel I – Safeguarding the Structural Constitution: Federalism and the Separation of Powers
The Honorable William Pryor, Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
The Honorable Edith Jones, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
The Honorable Neomi Rao, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
The Honorable Thomas Hardiman, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Moderator: John Yoo, Emanuel S. Heller Professor of Law, Co-Faculty Director, Korea Law Center, and Director, Public Law & Policy Program, UC Berkeley School of Law
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Panel II – Constitutional Liberties: First Amendment, Religion, Race, Natural Law
The Honorable Allison Jones Rushing, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Nicole Garnett, John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame Law School
Michael McConnell, Richard and Frances Mallery Professor and Director of the Constitutional Law Center, Stanford Law School, and a Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Hannah Smith, Counsel, Schaerr Jaffe LLP
Moderator: Adam Mortara, Partner, Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP and Lecturer in Law, University of Chicago Law School
12:00 p.m. Lunch and Discussion of the documentary: Created Equal: Justice Thomas in His Own Words
Michael Pack, President and Co-founder, Manifold Productions
Moderator: Mark Paoletta, Partner, Schaerr Jaffe LLP
1:00 p.m. Break
1:15 p.m. Panel III – Originalism, Constitutional Interpretation, and Stare Decisis
The Honorable Jim Ho, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
The Honorable Gregory Maggs, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Force
Chris Landau, Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Erik Jaffe, Partner, Schaerr Jaffe LLP
Moderator: The Honorable Gregory Katsas, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
2:30 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. Panel IV – Advocacy in the Thomas-era Court
The Honorable Noel Francisco, Partner, Jones Day, and Former Solicitor General of the United States
The Honorable Paul Clement, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and Former Solicitor General of the United States
The Honorable Greg Garre, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP, and Former Solicitor General of the United States
Lisa Blatt, Partner, Williams & Connolly LLP
Moderator: Jeffrey Wall, Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, and Former Acting Solicitor General of the United States
4:00 p.m. Closing Comments
John Malcolm, Vice President, Institute for Constitutional Government and Director, Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation
Jennifer Mascott, Assistant Professor of Law and Co-Executive Director of The C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State, Antonin Scalia Law School
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October 21
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12:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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