Justice will speak at law school

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will be the keynote speaker at the GW Law Review Symposium, the school’s dean announced last Monday.

The symposium will begin Thursday, Oct. 15 and is traditionally a two-day event with several speakers and discussion panels.

Tickets to the symposium will be distributed to select Law School students, faculty and University officials, said Mark Taticchi, editor in chief of the GW Law Review. The law school will distribute the tickets to University officials and faculty and the Law Review will hold a lottery for the remaining 200 student tickets. Interested law students will have to enter their names in the lottery by Oct. 7, and winners will be announced on Oct. 9. Tickets will be free for winning students.

Kennedy’s address will either be held in Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre or the Jack Morton Auditorium, although the final location has not been confirmed, Taticchi said.

Currently, Kennedy has requested that no media be allowed into the event, but the law school is looking for clarification from his chambers as to if that includes student media, the law school’s Assistant Director for Public Relations Claire Duggan said in an e-mail.

Taticchi said that Kennedy is, however, open to having his address streamed to law school classrooms so he could speak to more students. The school is trying to work out the technological issues that would allow for a broadcast of the event.

“We would try and have a way for the students to be able to ask him questions during his Q and A portion,” Taticchi said.

Presentations, panelists and speakers at this year’s symposium will concentrate on judicial review, Taticchi said.

Topics discussed during the symposium last year focused on ‘new analyses of intergenerational justice for a new century.’ Participants tried to answer the question, ‘What does our legal system owe future generations?’

The symposium also hosted a Supreme Court justice in 2005, when Ruth Bader Ginsburg delivered remarks about the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist.

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