Three of the country’s most distinguished jurists are scheduled to visit The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law during this 2008-2009 academic year.
Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Jr. and retired Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will participate in separate events at the UA. Details on their visits will be made available as their schedules are confirmed.
Justice Breyer is slated to deliver the Isaac Marks Memorial Lecture on Sept. 8 at the Rogers College of Law. Breyer also will present at “New Media and the Courts” conference, which is sponsored by the UA's Rehnquist Center on the Constitutional Structures of the Government.
Justice Roberts will present the 2009 Rehnquist Center Annual Lecture in February.
Also, Justice O’Connor will return in February to teach a short course for enrolled law students, as she has for the past three years.
Other members of the high court have visited the College in recent years, including Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, who taught a course on the history of the Supreme Court at the UA for 11 years.
The establishment of the non-partisan Rehnquist Center in 2006 further advanced the school’s national reputation as a venue for scholarship and public education about the courts and structural constitutional issues.
The national prominence of the Center and its director, former Supreme Court Chief of Staff Sally Rider, enables the law school to attract high-level policymakers and jurists, said Rogers College of Law Dean Toni M. Massaro.
"The intellectual benefit to our students is incalculable," Massaro said.
"We know from previous years that they consider these opportunities to engage them with such distinguished visitors to be among the most memorable and inspiring of their legal education," she added. "Our alumni and other members of the community also share in the benefits of having distinguished national leaders visit the Rehnquist Center and the law school."