Conference on Neglected Judges hosted by VLS’s Program in Constitutional Law & Theory

Mar 31, 2008

"Judicial Reputation: A Conference on Neglected Justices” opens at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at the Vanderbilt Law School with a keynote address by G. Edward White, the David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law.

The lecture, to be held in the Law School’s Covington Room, is free and open to the public.

The aim of the conference, sponsored by Vanderbilt’s Program in Constitutional Law & Theory, is to investigate the question of judicial reputation by examining the lives and work of Supreme Court justices who were notable in their own time but who have since received scant attention from scholars, lawyers or judges.

White, a member of the UVA faculty since 1972, served a clerkship for Chief Justice Warren of the U.S. Supreme Court, has been a Guggenheim Fellow and has published 12 books. He is the recipient of numerous honors for his books and other publications, including becoming a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history.

The remainder of the conference schedule is listed below. The events on Friday will be held in the Law School’s Bartholomew Room and on Saturday in the Covington Room.


Conference Schedule

Friday, April 4

Early Supreme Court –  9:00-10:15 a.m.

Marshall Court 10:30-11:45 a.m.

Civil War Era – 1:15-2:30 p.m.

The Gilded Age 2:45-4:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 5

Early Twentieth Century – 9:00-10:45 a.m.

Roundtable: Suzanna Sherry – Vanderbilt University Law School – 11:15-11:45 a.m.

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