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Three United States Supreme Court Justices in Law School Lineup

Three of the country’s most distinguished jurists have recently committed to teach or speak at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law within the next three years. Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Jr., Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, and retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will visit the law school for separate events scheduled within a three-year period between February 2007 and spring 2009. The announcement, made today by Dean Toni M. Massaro, reflects the College’s growing national reputation as a venue for judicial scholarship and public outreach . It follows last spring’s establishment of the William H. Rehnquist Center, an academic center devoted to the constitutional structures of government. Justices Breyer and O’Connor serve on the Rehnquist Center’s Advisory Board, and Justice O’Connor spearheads an international law initiative bearing her name, operated by the Center. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg delivered the Marks Memorial Lecture in September. Other members of the court have visited the College in previous years. “This is really the logical extension of our mission,” Massaro said. “Arizona Law has a ninety-year tradition of launching high-level judicial and legal careers. Especially for our students, the impact of being in the company of these central figures in American history is profound and lasting."Retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will return for several days in February to co-teach a course on the Supreme Court with former law clerk RonNell Andersen Jones. Justice O’Connor became the College’s Distinguished Jurist-in-Residence last year, just days after leaving the high court. The course is limited to enrolled law students. Justice Stephen Breyer will deliver the Isaac Marks Memorial Lecture on September 11, 2008. The College will announce plans for public attendance or lecture viewing in the summer of 2008. Planning for the visit of Chief Justice Roberts is underway, and it is not yet known whether there will be public events associated with his visit.


Posted:01/17/2007
Updated: 02/09/2007