APR 8, 2009
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
A great deal has been written and said about the extent to which the Roberts Court is a "business court," that is, a court that is favorably disposed towards business interests. The lecture will look at both the business cases on this year's docket as well as broader trends in the Court's jurisprudence. The lecture will attempt to get beyond broad, and not terribly meaningful, labels, such as pro- or anti-business, and examine the underlying trends in the Court's handling of cases. Although general labels are not particularly illuminating, some clear trends emerge, such as the Court's skepticism to the claims of antitrust plaintiffs in those cases that have reached the Court for plenary review.
Partner, King & Spalding
former Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice
Senior Fellow, Supreme Court Institute and Visiting Professor
Georgetown University Law Center
Paul Clement served from 2005 to 2008 as the 43rd Solicitor General of the United States and previously served as the Principal Deputy Solicitor General at the Justice Department. A native of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, he received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude
from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He earned a Master’s in Philosophy from Cambridge University and graduated magna cum laude
from Harvard Law School, where he was the Supreme Court editor of the Harvard Law Review.
During his time at the Department of Justice, Prof. Clement argued 49 Supreme Court cases and many of the significant lower court cases challenging aspects of the President's response to the attacks of September 11th. Prior to joining the DOJ, Prof. Clement was a partner at King & Spalding, heading the firm's appellate practice. Prof. Clement previously served as Chief Counsel, Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution, Federalism & Property Rights, U.S. Senate, and was a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Judge Laurence Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit.