Norman – Judge Jeffrey Sutton, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, delivered the 2015 Henry Lecture Series. His talk, “Our Fifty-One Constitutions,” was presented to students, faculty and staff Wednesday at the University of Oklahoma College of Law.
Judge Sutton has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals since 2003. Before his appointment, he was a partner with Jones Day Reavis & Pogue, where he practiced appellate law and constitutional and commercial litigation. He served as State Solicitor of Ohio, where he oversaw appellate litigation on behalf of the Ohio Attorney General and participated in complex litigation on her behalf at the trial level, from 1995-98. After earning his law degree at Ohio State University, he clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justices Lewis F. Powell Jr. and Antonin Scalia in 1991-92 and for Judge Thomas J. Meskill on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 1990-91. He has argued 12 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and filed over 50 merits and amicus curiae briefs at the Supreme Court. He has also argued 15 cases in state Supreme Courts. Judge Sutton also is a lecturer at Harvard Law School and The Ohio State University College of Law.
“It is an honor to have Judge Sutton join us this year as our featured speaker in the Henry Lecture Series at the College of Law. His career is nothing short of remarkable, including clerking for the United States Supreme Court and arguing numerous cases before the Court. At OU Law, the Henry Lecture Series is the premier annual speaker event and brings the brightest legal scholars in the nation to the College of Law. We are fortunate to continue this tradition and feature Judge Sutton this year, ” said Dean Joseph Harroz, Jr.
The Henry Lecture series has brought many notable speakers to OU Law such as Obama White House Counsel Greg Craig; Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Retired Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor with the U.S. Supreme Court; Michael McConnell from Stanford Law School; Elizabeth Garrett from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law; Elizabeth Warren from Harvard Law School; and Frederick A. O. Schwarz, Jr.
The Henry Lecture Series is an annual event initiated in 2000 to inspire and educate future generations of scholars, lawyers and public servants. Five attorneys in the Henry family graduated from the OU College of Law: the Honorable Lloyd H. Henry and his sons, the Honorable L. Wayne Henry and Oklahoma City University President Robert H. Henry, and the Honorable Charles T. Henry and his son, Brad Henry, Governor of Oklahoma from 2003 to 2011.
About OU Law: Founded in 1909, the University of Oklahoma College of Law is Oklahoma’s premier law school and the highest ranked law school in the state by US News & World Report. OU Law is also nationally recognized as “Best Value” law school by National Jurist magazine. OU Law has small sections and class sizes that encourage a strong sense of community, accomplished faculty with international expertise and a state-of-the-art facility featuring study rooms, court rooms and classrooms equipped with the latest technology. As Oklahoma’s only public law school, OU Law is the academic home of more than 500 students enrolled in the juris doctor program, the John B. Turner Master of Laws program, the master of legal studies program, and various dual degree programs.
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