Justice Kennedy to speak today in Chautauqua Institution Hall

CHAUTAUQUA – This year, Chautauqua Institu-tion is welcoming two U.S. Supreme Court Justices.

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy will speak today in the Hall of Philosophy at 3:30 p.m., and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will speak next Monday at 10:45 a.m. in the Amphitheater.

Justice Kennedy, who last spoke at Chautauqua in the summer of 2009, will be speaking on the Week Five theme, “The Pursuit of Happiness.”

Justice Ginsburg will be speaking on the Week Six theme, “Crime and Punishment,” with a special lecture on portrayal of the law in opera – as she combines her two passions.

Justice Kennedy was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 1975. President Ronald Reagan nominated him as an associate justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat Feb. 18, 1988.

He received his B.A. from Stanford University and the London School of Economics, and his LL.B. from Harvard Law School. He was in private practice from 1961 to 1963 in San Francisco and from 1963 to 1975 in Sacramento, Calif.

He was a professor of constitutional law at the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific from 1965 to 1988.

Justice Kennedy has served in numerous positions during his career.

He served as a member of the California Army National Guard in 1961, on the board of the Federal Judicial Center from 1987 to 1988 and two committees of the Judicial Conference of the United States: the Advisory Panel on Financial Disclosure Reports and Judicial Activities, subsequently renamed the Advisory Committee on Codes of Conduct, from 1979 to 1987, and the Committee on Pacific Territories from 1979 to 1990, which he chaired from 1982 to 1990.

Justice Ginsburg was nominated by President Bill Clinton as associate justice of the United States Supreme Court in June 1993 and took the oath of office on August 10, 1993. Prior to her appointment to the Supreme Court, she served from 1980 to 1993 on the bench of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

From 1972 to 1980, Justice Ginsburg was a professor at Columbia University School of Law; from 1963 to 1972, she served on the law faculty of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. In 1972, then-Professor Ginsburg was instrumental in launching the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union. Throughout the 1970s she litigated a series of cases solidifying a constitutional principle against gender-based discrimination.

Justice Ginsburg has served on the Board of Editors of the American Bar Association Journal, and as secretary, Board member, and Executive Committee member of the American Bar Foundation. She served on the Council of the American Law Institute, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. Justice Ginsburg has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University, attended Harvard Law School, and received her LL.B. (J.D.) from Columbia Law School

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