Sumner Canary Lecture

The Sumner Canary Memorial lecture

The Sumner Canary Memorial lecture was established to honor the memory of the late Judge Sumner Canary, a pillar of the Cleveland legal community. Judge Canary served on the Ohio Court of Appeals for the Eighth District and as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. In addition to his public service, Judge Canary was a partner at the firms of Canary & Walsh and Arter & Hadden.

This lectureship, which was made possible due to the generosity of Judge Canary’s widow, Nancy Canary, has featured numerous federal judges, scholars, academics and two U.S. Supreme Court Justices.

The Sumner Canary Memorial lectures

2019 SEP 19
The Honorable Amy Coney Barrett, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
2018 SEP 25
The Honorable Joan Larsen, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

State Courts in a Federal System
2018 MAR 7
The Honorable Diane Sykes, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Our Newest Justice: Some Thoughts on Justice Gorsuch’s Debut
2016 SEP 14
Neal Katyal, Paul Saunders Professor, Georgetown University Law Center

Institutionalizing Dissent
2016 APR 7
The Honorable Neil Gorsuch, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Of Lions and Bears, Judges and Legislators, and the Legacy of Justice Scalia
2014 OCT 2
The Honorable William Pryor, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

How the Separation of Powers Informs the Executive Duty to Defend the Law
2013 OCT 1
The Honorable Brett Kavanaugh, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

The Courts and the Administrative State
2012 SEP 27
Randy Barnett, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory, Georgetown University Law Center

From Anti-Slavery Lawyer to Chief Justice: The Remarkable Career of Salmon P. Chase
2011 OCT 17
Bradley A. Smith, Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Professor of Law, Capital University Law School

Saving Elections from Politics: A Doctrine of Separation of Campaign and State
2010 MAR 23
Professor Jack Goldsmith, Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

The Cyber Threat
2008 OCT 15
The Honorable Michael McConnell, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Natural Rights, Enumerated Rights, and the Ninth Amendment
2007 APR 17
Saul Levmore, Dean, University of Chicago Law School

Parental Leave and Other Embarrassments
2005 APR 6
The Honorable Guido Calabresi, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Thoughts on Equality in the American Constitution
2003 APR 8
The Honorable Jose Cabranes, U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
University Governance in the Enron Era
2002 APR 10
Charles J. Ogletree, Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Why Reparations? Why Now?
2001 APR 3
The Honorable Ralph K. Winter, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
The Constitutionality of Campaign Finance Reform
2000 APR 5
The Honorable Louis H. Pollak, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Judging Under the Aegis of the Third Article
Geoffrey C. Hazard, Trustee Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Under Shelter of Confidentiality
1998 MAR 25
Derek Bok, 300th Anniversary University Professor, Harvard University
Law School Admissions and the Fight over Racial Preferences
1997 OCT 30
Randall L. Kennedy, Michael R. Klein Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Race, Suspicion, and the Police
1995 APR 14
Nadine Strossen, John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law, New York Law School
Hate Speech and Pornography: Do We Have to Choose Between Freedom of Speech and Equality?
1994 OCT 20
The Honorable Alex Kozinski, U. S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
Death: The Ultimate Run-On Sentence
1994 MAR 9
Nat Hentoff
The Continuing Wars Against Free Speech in America
1993 OCT 24
The Honorable William S. Sessions, Former Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation
1993 MAR 25
Professor Catherine MacKinnon, University of Michigan
Pornography Left and Right
1992 FEB 5
The Honorable Kenneth Starr, Solicitor General of the United States
The Supreme Court and the Federal Judicial System
1990 OCT 24
The Honorable Patrick Higginbotham, U. S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
Juries and the Death Penalty
1990 FEB 7
The Honorable Frank H. Easterbrook, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Presidential Review
1989 OCT 24
The Honorable Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court
Assorted Canards of Contemporary Legal Analysis
1988 NOV 10
Benno C. Schmidt, President, Yale University
The Enigma of Mr. Justice Holmes
1988 OCT 31
The Honorable Jeane Kirkpatrick, Former Ambassador to the United Nations
1986 OCT 15
The Honorable Richard A. Posner, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Legal Formalism, Legal Realism, and the Interpretation of Statutes and the Constitution
1986 FEB 17
The Honorable Warren E. Burger, Chief Justice of the United States
We the People
1985 MAR 4
Judge A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr.
1984 NOV 13
Justice Sandra Day O’Connor
Our Judicial Federalism
1983 OCT 6
Kingman Brewster
Does the Constitution Care about Coercive Use of Federal Funding?
1981 APR 7
The Honorable Griffin Bell, Former Attorney General of the United States
Toward an Adequate Criminal Justice System
Bell had just been appointed by AG William French Smith to “co-chair a federal task force charged with determining what the federal government can do about fighting the rise in violent crime.”

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