2012 Lewis F. Powell Jr. Lecture by SCOTUSblog Author

Lexington, VA Monday, March 26, 2012


Lyle Denniston
The Tenth Annual Lewis F. Powell Jr. Lecture will be delivered by Lyle Denniston, lead reporter for SCOTUSblog. Mr. Denniston's talk is titled "From Plyler v. Doe to Trayvon Martin: Toward Closing the Open Society."

The event is scheduled for Thursday, April 5, at 7:00 p.m. in the library reading room in Sydney Lewis Hall on the campus of Washington and Lee University.  The event is free and open to the public.

Denniston is chief reporter and analyst for the popular blog SCOTUSblog, the first stop for anyone interested in the goings on of the U.S. Supreme Court. Consistently ranked as one of the top legal blogs in the country, SCOTUSblog contains all the briefs, argument schedules, analysis and news for cases before the nation's highest court.

Denniston has covered the U.S. Supreme Court for fifty-four years, and has written for the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun, and American Lawyer. During his career, he has covered one-quarter of all of the Justices ever to sit on the Court, and he has reported on the entire careers on the bench of ten of the Justices. He has been a journalist of the law for sixty-four years, beginning at the Otoe County Courthouse in Nebraska City, Nebraska in the fall of 1948.

The students at Washington and Lee University School of Law founded the Lewis Powell, Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series in 2002 in honor of Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr. '29A, '31L, who was appointed to the United States Supreme Court in 1972. Justice Powell's judicial legacy was defined by a respect for both sides in a dispute and a desire to craft judicial opinions that struck a middle ground. This student-run lecture series features nationally prominent speakers who embody this spirit in their life and work.

For more information, visit the Powell Lecture web site at law.wlu.edu/powelllecture.

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