We are honored to welcome Michael W. McConnell as our 2013 Annual Distinguished Lecturer.
Michael W. McConnell is the Richard and Frances Mallery Professor and Director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School. From 2002 to the summer of 2009, he served as Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Prior to his appointment to the bench, McConnell was the Presidential Professor at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, and before that the William B. Graham Professor of Law at the University of Chicago. He has also been a frequent visiting professor at Harvard Law School.
In his academic work, McConnell has written widely on such subjects as freedom of religion, segregation, unenumerated rights, and constitutional history and theory. He is co-editor of The Constitution of the United States (Foundation Press 2010), Religion and the Law (Aspen Pub. Co. 2002), and Christian Perspectives on Legal Thought (Yale Univ. Press 2002). In 1996, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
McConnell graduated from Michigan State University (B.A. 1976) and the University of Chicago Law School (J.D. 1979). Before entering teaching, he served as law clerk to Chief Judge J. Skelly Wright on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and for Associate Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., on the United States Supreme Court, as Assistant General Counsel of the Office of Management and Budget, and as Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States. McConnell has argued thirteen cases in the Supreme Court. In March he will argue Horne v. U.S. Dep’t of Agriculture. He is of counsel to Kirkland & Ellis in D.C.
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