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Upcoming Events

The 2014 Frank C. JonesReenactment

M’Culloch v. Maryland

Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 6:00 pm in the Chamber of the Supreme Court of the United States

Historical Overview provided by: Professor Mark R. Killenbeck

Reenactment of M’Culloch v. Maryland:

The Honorable Stephen G. Breyer presiding

Neal K. Katyal appearing on behalf of James M’Culloch and Jeffrey S. Bucholtz appearing on behalf of the State of Maryland
Reception to Follow in the East and West Conference Rooms
Reservations are required to attend please call 202.543.0400 to make a reservation or if you have questions regarding the event. 

Click here for a PDF of the invitation. 

2014 Leon Silverman Lecture Series

The invitation and response cards can be found here, click the links below and right click "Save As"

Tickets for the Fall Leon Silverman Lectures are now on sale. Members have been sent an invitation in the mail, registration may also be done over the phone, please call 202.543.0400 to make a reservation or download the below PDF and mail your response to:

Supreme Court Historical Society
224 East Capitol St. NE
Washington D.C. 20003.
The invitation and response cards can be found here, click the links below and right click "Save As"
Response Card 

October 16

Chief Justice Roger B. Taney and the Civil War; Professor Timothy Huebner, Rhodes College

November 13

President Lincoln, the Supreme Court and the Civil War; Professor Lucas Morel, Washington and Lee University


2014 Gala

Gala Save the Date



Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Honeywell
Senior Vice President Legal Affairs & General Counsel, 3M Company

For more information and to reserve tickets, please contact our Gala Office
at: 212-249-6188 or


The reservation response form can be found here. Please right click and "Save As" to download. Please fill out and mail to:

Supreme Court Historical Society Gala Office
411 East 83rd Street, Suite 3F
New York, NY 10028

If you wish, you may fax your reservation to (212) 954-5562


Previously Held Events 2014


2014 Annual Meeting and Dinner


12:30 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. Tour of Supreme Court Building conducted by members of the Curator's staff

2:00 p.m.  Annual Lecture:  My Beloved World, Justice Sonia Sotomayor

6:00 p.m.  Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees Supreme Court Chamber
7:00 p.m.  Reception, Supreme Court Conference Rooms

8:00 p.m. Thirty-Ninth Annual Dinner, The Great Hall


2014 Leon Silverman Lecture








May 1st

Dred Scott and the Origins of the Civil War; Professor Lea VanderVelde, University of Iowa College of Law

May 8th

Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes and the Civil War: How it Shaped Him; Professor Emeritus James McPherson, Princeton University and Professor G. Edward White, University of Virginia School of Law. Moderated by Professor Brad Snyder, University of Wisconsin School of Law.


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The National Heritage Lecture

In conjunction with the White House Historical Association and the United States Capitol Association the 2014 National Heritage Lecture was held May 22, 2014. James Swanson delivered The Warren Commission at 50: A Reexamination, based on his recently published book on the Kennedy assassination and its aftermath.


Judging Judges: Writing Judicial Biography in the Modern Age A Panel Discussion

On April 9, 2014 The Supreme Court Historical Society and the Supreme Court Fellows Alumni Association co-hosted a lively discussion on writing judicial biographies.  The participants were Clare Cushman, Publications Director of the Supreme Court Historical Society, John M. Ferren, Senior Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Stephen Wermiel, Professor of Practice in Constitutional Law at American University Washington School of Law and Alexander Wohl, author of Father, Son and Constitution: How Justice Tom Clark and Attorney General Ramsey Clark Shaped American Democracy.

Previously Held Events 2013

2013 Leon Silverman Lecture Series

2013 marked the 20th Anniversary of the Leon Silverman Lecture Series.   The series focused on the Litigants in Landmark 20th Century Cases. It was a four part series with the first two in the Spring of 2013 and the final two in the Fall of 2013.

May 1, 2013

Gonzalo and Felícitas Mendez (Mendez v. Winchester), Professor Phillipa Strum, The City University of New York


May 8, 2013

J.D. Shelley (Shelley v. Kraemer), Professor Jeffrey D. Gonda, Syracuse University


October 23, 2013

Robert Bell (Bell v. Maryland), Professor Kenneth W. Mack, Harvard School of Law


November 6, 2013

John and Mary Beth Tinker (Tinker v. Des Moines School District), Kelly Shackelford, Esq. President and CEO, Liberty Institute


The Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers

The 2013 Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers took place June 13-June 18, 2013 and June 20-June 24, 2013.  The first reception was held on June 17, 2013 and was hosted by Chief Justice Roberts.  The second reception was held the following Monday, June 24, 2013.


Frank C. Jones Reenactment Series

The 2013 Reenactment was held on Wednesday May 22, 2013. The lecture dealt with the case of Flood v. Kuhn, and Justice Sonia Sotomayor  presided over the Reenactment.  Roy Englert a Partner at Robbins Russell Englert Orseck Untereiner & Sauber and Pamela Karlan, Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law at Stanford  Law School argued the case.


The Griswold Prize Lecture

The Griswold Prize Committee, chaired by James O’Hara, is reviewing volumes for the next Griswold Prize.


New York City Lecture

The New York City Lecture co-hosted with the Historical Society of the Courts of the State of New York took place on October 25, 2013.  Justice Kagan participated.  The program consisted of a lecture by John Q. Barrett on Robert Jackson and his work as the Solicitor General of the United States, followed by a panel discussion by previous Solicitors General moderated by Jeff Minear. Video from the program can be found here on


Previously Held Events 2012

Leon Silverman 2012 Lecture Series

The 2012 Leon Silverman Lecture Series focused on the Constitution and the Supreme Court’s earliest history on property rights.

The 2012 Leon Silverman Lecture series was sponsored by:
Fried Frank Shriver Harris and Jacobson LLP
Gregory P. Joseph Law Offices LLC
Bart M. Schwartz in memory of Robert Kasanof
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

November 14, 2012
The History of Native American Lands and the Supreme Court, Professor Angela Riley, University of California Los Angeles School of Law

October 10, 2012

The Supreme Court and the Takings Clause, Professor Richard A. Epstein, University of Chicago School of Law

March 14, 2012
Property Rights and the American Founding: An Overview, Professor Johnathan O’Neill, Georgia Southern University

May 2, 2012
Property Rights in the Gilded Age, Professor James W. Ely, Jr., Vanderbilt University

May 23, 2012
A Prudent Regard for Our Own Good?  James Madison and the Commerce Clause, in Nation and State, Professor Mark R. Killenbeck, University of Arkansas School of Law

The Supreme Court Historical Society Celebrates The 30th Anniversary of Sandra Day O’Connor’s First Term on the Supreme Court

On April 11, 2012 The Supreme Court Historical Society and the Freedom Forum celebrated the 30th Anniversary of Sandra Day O’Connor’s appointment to the Supreme Court. President Ronald Reagan nominated Sandra Day O’Connor to the Supreme Court of the United States on September 22, 1981. The Senate confirmed the appointment on September 25, 1981, making O’Connor the first female Associate Justice in the history of the Court. Justice O'Connor served on the Supreme Court for twenty-four years and retired on January 31, 2006. The event was held at The Annenberg Theater Newseum.

Video Coverage of the event can be found on YouTube [External Link]

Frank C. Jones Reenactment Lecture

The Society hosted the third annual Frank C. Jones Reenactment lecture on November 9, 2011.  Justice Antonin Scalia presided over the reenactment of Texas v. White, an 1869 Supreme Court case that dealt with a claim by the Reconstruction government of Texas involving bonds owned by the state since 1850 that were illegally sold by the Confederate state legislature during the Civil War.

2011 Summer Institute

The Society was proud to host two sessions of the Summer Institute for Teachers, June 16-21, 2011 and June 23-28, 2011.  Both sessions took place at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and were conducted by Street Law, Inc.

2011 Annual Meeting and Dinner

The Supreme Court Historical Society hosted the 36th Annual Meeting on Monday, June 6, 2011.

National Heritage Lecture

On Monday, May 16, 2011 The White House Historical Association, The U.S. Capitol Historical Society and The Supreme Court Historical Society hosted the National Heritage Lecture on the Kennedy White House and the Press.

2011 Leon Silverman Lecture Series

The 2011 four part lecture series focused on the people behind some of the Court's early religion cases.  On May 10, 2011, the Society hosted the last of the lecture series.

New York Supreme Court Historical Society Presents John Jay: A Family Affair Nominated From New York: The Empire State’s Contributions To the Supreme Court Bench


On Wednesday, May 4, 2011 the Supreme Court Historical Society partnered with the Historical Society of the Courts of the State of New York to host lectures by Walter Stahr, Esq. Readings from letters between John and Sarah Jay by Janet M. Wedge, Louise North and Hon. Albert M. Rosenblatt.

Non-Society Events and Features

Chief Justice Roberts to speak at Robert H. Jackson Center

On Friday, May 17, 2013, the Chief Justice of the United States, John G. Roberts, Jr., spoke at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown, New York.

The Jackson Center of course honors and teaches the life and legacies of Justice Robert H. Jackson, a 20th century giant whose imprint on this century is significant and continues to grow.  Among many accomplishments, Justice Jackson served on the Supreme Court of the United States for thirteen years.  Following World War II, he was, at Nuremberg, the U.S. chief prosecutor of the principal Nazi war criminals.

Robert H. Jackson’s adult hometown was Jamestown, New York.  In late 2000, visionary, generous Jamestown leaders committed themselves to founding the Robert H. Jackson Center.  They acquired a building (which needed substantial work) and the Jackson Center began to host events (and to be renovated) in 2001.

In May 2003, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist formally dedicated the Robert H. Jackson Center.  (For video of his dedication speech, click here.)  Fifty years earlier, William Rehnquist worked for Justice Jackson at the Supreme Court as one of his law clerks.

About twenty years before Chief Justice Rehnquist dedicated the Jackson Center, he employed John Roberts—a western New York State native—as one of his Supreme Court law clerks.  When the Jackson Center welcomed Chief Justice Roberts on May 17th, it hosted not only the leader of the high Court on which Justice Jackson served with great, enduring distinction, but also a person whose path and experiences connect to Jackson himself.  (Chief Justice Roberts has long been a Jackson student and admirer.  You will find, near the bottom of the Jackson List archive, a July 2005 post, “John Roberts and Justice Jackson”—click here.)

Chief Justice Roberts’s speech, on May 17th at 10:00 a.m. from the Jackson Center’s front porch, was attended by many, including students from area—Jacksonland—schools. Video Interview with Justice Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg on breaking legal ground for women, her first case before the Supreme Court, and her husband's support.

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