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Rehnquist Center Board Sets Agenda for Research and Outreach

The Advisory Board of the William H. Rehnquist Center on the Constitutional Structures of Government met in Tucson on February 9, 2007, to set goals and objectives for the non-partisan center, located at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. This was the first formal meeting of the Center’s Advisory Board, made up of prominent jurists and attorneys. In conjunction with University of Arizona President Robert Shelton and his wife, Adrian Shelton, the Center hosted a luncheon for almost one hundred friends of the Center and supporters of the University. Retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor delivered remarks to mark the Center’s inauguration.
Attending the Board meeting were: United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; Federal District Court Judge Earl Carroll; Montana Supreme Court Justice Brian Morris; Boston attorney and son of William Rehnquist, James Rehnquist; attorney Maureen Mahoney, of Washington, DC; attorney Michael Meehan of Tucson; and College of Law Dean Toni M. Massaro. Morris, Mahoney, and Meehan clerked for Rehnquist at various times during his tenure on the Supreme Court. United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer attended telephonically. Sally Rider, Director of the Rehnquist Center, presided.
Board members set an ambitious agenda of outreach, scholarly research, and public education about the importance of the constitutional principles of judicial independence, separation of powers, intersovereign conflicts, and federalism. The Center will also conduct international judicial exchanges under the Center’s new initiative, the Sandra Day O’ Connor International Judicial Exchange Program.
Although the Advisory Board meeting was its first formal function, the Center already has been working to coordinate regional conferences on judicial independence across the United States, in conjunction with the Sandra Day O’Connor Project on the State of the Judiciary at Georgetown University Law Center. These conferences are aimed at non-lawyers, and will continue through 2007. 
Next winter, the Center will host a National Conference on emerging trends affecting state judiciaries, with an emphasis on judicial selection and independence, and innovative federal and state court programs.  In 2008, the College will host Justice Breyer as the Annual Marks Lecturer, and in 2009, the Center will host Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.

Updated: 02/28/2007