2014 Leon Silverman Lecture Series
Dred Scott and the Origins of the Civil War
Professor Lea VanderVelde
Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes and the Civil War: How it Shaped Him
Professors James McPherson and G. Edward White. Moderated by Professor Brad Snyder.
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Chief Justice Roger B. Taney and the Civil War
Professor Lucas Morel
President Lincoln, the Supreme Court and the Civil War
Professor Lucas Morel
The National Heritage Lecture
In conjunction with the White House Historical Association and the United States Capitol Association the 2014 National Heritage Lecture will be held May 22nd, 2014. James Swanson will deliver a lecture at the Supreme court about the 50th Anniversary of the Warren Commission and Chief Justice Warrens's role on the Commission based on his recently published book on the Kennedy assassination and its aftermath.
Previously Held Events 2013
2013 Leon Silverman Lecture Series
This year 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. The invitation is available for download as a PDF here.
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 Institutes 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 at 6:00 pm. 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 invitation can be found as a PDF here.
The National Heritage Lecture
The Society is the primary sponsor of the next National Heritage Lecture. Details to be announced.
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 next program 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 c-spanvideo.org.
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 | 6:00 PM
The History of Native American Lands
and the Supreme Court
Professor Angela Riley
University of California Los Angeles School of Law
October 10, 2012 | 6:00 pm
The Supreme Court and the
Professor Richard A. Epstein
University of Chicago School of Law
March 14, 2012 | 6:00 pm
Property Rights and the American
Founding: An Overview
Professor Johnathan O’Neill
Georgia Southern University
May 2, 2012 | 6:00 pm
Property Rights in the Gilded Age
Professor James W. Ely, Jr.
May 23, 2012 | 6:00 pm
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
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 on April 11th 2012.
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. Click here for event information.
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. Click here for event information.
2011 Annual Meeting and Dinner
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, Esquire. 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.
Makers.com 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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