The Gray Center and The Heritage Foundation Cohost a Celebration of Justice Clarence Thomas’s Thirty-Year Legacy on the U.S. Supreme Court


October 14, 2021

Media Contact:
Alexei Woltornist
(703) 832-7456

Arlington, VA – The Gray Center at the Antonin Scalia Law School, in partnership with The Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation, will cohost a special daytime symposium and evening lecture on October 21, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the confirmation of Justice Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court. Jurists, legal academics, and practitioners, including many of the Justice’s former clerks, will discuss his impact on the Court over the past three decades.

The celebration includes a daytime law symposium generally open to the public to reflect on the legacy of Justice Thomas.  In the evening the Heritage Foundation and Gray Center will host a reception and keynote lecture open to former colleagues, clerks, and attorneys affiliated with the centers that is also open to pre-registered members of the media.

“The Gray Center is thrilled to partner with The Heritage Foundation to honor the legacy of Justice Clarence Thomas,” said Jennifer Mascott, Co-Executive Director of the Gray Center. “Over the past 30 years, the Justice has made immeasurable contributions to the Court through his jurisprudence in areas of the law ranging from originalism to separation of powers to constitutional liberties.  Throughout his Supreme Court career, Justice Thomas has been an intellectual leader and tour de force in returning the focus of our constitutional system to first principles.  The Justice’s biographical story rising from an early childhood of poverty in the segregated south to a 30-year career on the Supreme Court bench embodies American ideals of determination, hard work, principled dedication, and sacrifice.”


A Celebration of “Justice Thomas’s Thirty-Year Legacy on the Court”


          Daytime Law Symposium

        • 8:30 AM—9:00 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast
        • 9:00 AM—4:00 PM: Panel Discussions on Justice Thomas’s jurisprudence and impact on the U.S. Supreme Court over the past three decades, featuring Federal judges, former Solicitors General, legal academics, practitioners, and former Thomas clerks
        • See the full daytime schedule and all panelists here

Evening Reception and Keynote Lecture

        • 5:30 PM—6:30 PM: Reception
        • 6:30 PM—7:30 PM:
        • Presentation of the Inaugural Gray Center “Justice Clarence Thomas First Principles Award” to the Honorable Laurence Hirsch Silberman, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
        • Keynote Remarks by the Honorable Mitch McConnell, Senate Republican Leader, United States Senate
        • Concluding Thanks by the Honorable Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States


The day’s events will be held at The Heritage Foundation (214 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washington DC 20002). Live stream options are also available.


Face masks will be required for the in-person event. Please wear your face mask to the venue.

The full daytime symposium schedule listing speakers and panel topics is available here:

Details regarding the evening reception and lecture schedule are available here:

To register, please contact Alexei Woltornist at or (703) 832-7456.

 About the Gray Center: The C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State (the Gray Center) is dedicated to fostering significant legal scholarship on new and timeless questions about the modern administrative state, in order to elevate and improve debates occurring in the courts, in Congress, in the executive branch, and in the broader public.

Since its founding in 2015, initially under the leadership of Professor Neomi Rao and now Adam White and Jennifer Mascott, the Gray Center has hosted hundreds of scholars, practitioners, and policymakers to research and debate the constitutional and practical issues of administrative power and discretion.

At George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School, across the Potomac River from our nation’s capital, the Gray Center serves as a bridge between the work of academia and the work of courts, Congress, the executive branch, and private practitioners.