Of Lions and Bears, Judges and Legislators: Some Reflections on the Legacy of Justice Scalia
Thursday, April 7, 2016
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
With the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the nation lost a lion of the law. The great project of his career was to remind us of the differences between judges and legislators, between those who apply the law as it is — focused on text, structure, and history — and those who make and remake the law as they think it should be. Throughout his career and increasingly following his death, Justice Scalia’s vision of the judicial role has been under attack. But many reasons for carrying on his torch remain: the constitutional design, the preservation of liberty, and a timeless lesson from a Bear. This is but a small tribute to Justice Scalia’s legacy and to his vision of the “good and faithful judge.”
Judge Neil M. Gorsuch serves on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. The Senate confirmed his nomination by unanimous voice vote in 2006.
Judge Gorsuch holds a doctorate in legal philosophy from Oxford, where he studied as a Marshall Scholar a law degree from Harvard, where he studied as a Truman scholar and an undergraduate degree from Columbia, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
Judge Gorsuch began his career as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy, and to Judge David Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Later, he was a partner at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, where he represented plaintiffs and defendants in trials and appeals across the country.
Immediately before joining the bench, Judge Gorsuch served at the U.S. Department of Justice as Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General. There, he helped oversee the Department’s five civil litigating divisions and received the Edmund J. Randolph Award for outstanding service to the Justice Department. He is also the recipient of the Harry Truman Foundation’s award for outstanding public service, and twice a recipient of Green Bag’s award for exemplary legal writing.
Judge Gorsuch is the Thomson Visiting Professor at the University of Colorado Law School, where he has taught Antitrust, Legal Ethics, and Federal Courts. He is a member of the Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the United States Judicial Conference he serves as the Standing Committee’s liaison to the Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and he has served a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Federal Judges’ Association.
Judge Gorsuch and his wife, Louise, and their two daughters live in Boulder, Colorado.
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