Justice Thomas’s Thirty-Year Legacy on the Court

Co-hosted by The Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies
at The Heritage Foundation

Thursday, October 21, 2021

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The C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State at Antonin Scalia Law School and The Heritage Foundation will co-host a special event to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the confirmation of Justice Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court of the United States. Bringing together jurists, legal academics, and practitioners, including many of his former clerks, we will discuss the Justice’s jurisprudence and impact on the Court over the past three decades. Join us for this law symposium to reflect on the legacy of Justice Thomas thirty years into his service.


Agenda

All sessions held in the Allison Auditorium at The Heritage Foundation (214 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002)

8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introduction

      • John G. Malcolm, Vice President, Institute for Constitutional Government and Director, Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation
      • Jennifer Mascott, Assistant Professor of Law and Co-Executive Director of the C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State, Antonin Scalia Law School

9:15 a.m. Panel I – Safeguarding the Structural Constitution: Federalism and the Separation of Powers

      • The Honorable William H. Pryor Jr., Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
      • The Honorable Edith H. Jones, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
      • The Honorable Neomi Rao, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
      • The Honorable Thomas M. Hardiman, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
      • Moderator: John Yoo, Emanuel S. Heller Professor of Law, Co-Faculty Director, Korea Law Center, and Director, Public Law & Policy Program, UC Berkeley School of Law

10:30 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. Panel II – Constitutional Liberties: First Amendment, Religion, Race, and Natural Law

      • The Honorable Allison Jones Rushing, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
      • Nicole Stelle Garnett, John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School
      • Michael W. McConnell, Richard and Frances Mallery Professor and Director of the Constitutional Law Center, Stanford Law School, and a Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
      • Hannah Smith, Counsel, Schaerr Jaffe LLP
      • Moderator: Adam Mortara, Lecturer in Law, University of Chicago Law School

12:00 p.m. Lunchtime Conversation with the producer and developer of the documentary
Created Equal: Justice Thomas in His Own Words

      • Michael Pack, President and Founder, Manifold Productions, Inc.
      • Moderator: Mark R. Paoletta, Partner, Schaerr Jaffe LLP

1:00 p.m. Break

1:15 p.m. Panel III – Originalism, Constitutional Interpretation, and Stare Decisis

      • The Honorable James C. Ho, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
      • The Honorable Gregory E. Maggs, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
      • Christopher Landau, Former Ambassador to Mexico
      • Erik S. Jaffe, Partner, Schaerr Jaffe LLP
      • Moderator: The Honorable Gregory G. Katsas, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

2:30 p.m. Break

2:45 p.m. Panel IV – Advocacy in the Thomas-era Court

      • The Honorable Noel J. Francisco, Partner-in-Charge of the Washington office of Jones Day and 47th Solicitor General of the United States
      • The Honorable Paul D. Clement, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis, and 43rd Solicitor General of the United States
      • Lisa S. Blatt, Partner and Chair of the Supreme Court and Appellate practice group of Williams & Connolly LLP, and former Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States
      • Moderator: Jeffrey Wall, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, and former acting Solicitor General of the United States

4:00 p.m. Closing Comments

      • John Malcolm, Vice President, Institute for Constitutional Government and Director, Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation
      • Jennifer Mascott, Assistant Professor of Law and Co-Executive Director of the C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State, Antonin Scalia Law School