The 11th Annual Robert H. Jackson Lecture on the Supreme Court will be delivered by Professor Laurence H. Tribe. Professor Tribe will share his observations and opinions on today’s U.S. Supreme Court. Tribe will join a select group of individuals who have headlined this annual lecture. Previous marquee speakers have included Akhil Amar, Jeffrey Toobin, and Linda Greenhouse.
Laurence Henry Tribe is currently the Carl M. Loeb University Professor and Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School. As part of the Harvard Law School faculty since 1968, Tribe is regarded as one of the most influential figures in American Constitutional history to never occupy a seat on the Supreme Court. On July 8, 2015 at 4:00 p.m., Professor Tribe will deliver the Chautauqua Institution’s 11th Annual Robert H. Jackson Lecture on the Supreme Court of the United States.
Born on October 10, 1941 in Shanghai, China and raised in San Francisco, California, Laurence Tribe was accepted to Harvard University at the age of 16 and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1966. Following his graduation, Tribe served as a law clerk in the California Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court. He eventually returned to Harvard Law School as a professor and received tenure at the age of 30. During his time as a law professor, Tribe’s scholarly resume is nearly unprecedented: he has been elected to the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, received over ten honorary degrees, and assisted in writing the constitutions of the Czech Republic, the Marshall Islands, and South Africa. In addition, Professor Tribe has argued 35 cases before the Supreme Court and written over 115 books and articles. American Constitutional Law, perhaps Tribe’s most notable work, has been cited more than any other legal text in the last 65 years. Most recently, Uncertain Justice: The Roberts Court and the Constitution, was published in 2014. President Barack Obama, Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justice Elena Kagan, former Stanford Law School Dean Kathleen Sullivan, and Texas Senator Ted Cruz are among a few of Professor Tribe’s brightest pupils.
When it comes to politics, the Professor has not been bashful about his fervent support of liberal legal causes, such as animal rights and abortion. Yet, Professor Tribe’s deep-rooted understanding and respect for Constitutional Law has put him at odds with various environmental agencies and legislation. For example, Tribe has publicly deemed the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan as unconstitutional and he has legally represented Peabody Energy in a suit against the Environmental Protection Agency.
This opportunity to attend a lecture on the Supreme Court by such a well known law professor, who has dedicated years of exhaustive research on the Supreme Court of the United States, is not to be missed.