Justice Stevens to Visit the Law School for Honorary Events and Commencement Ceremony

April 28, 2011

John Paul Stevens JD ‘47, retired associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, will deliver the commencement address at the Law School’s 151st graduation convocation ceremony on Friday, May 13, at 1:30 p.m. at the Chicago Theatre.

Stevens’ two-day visit to Northwestern Law, his alma mater, will also include a daylong symposium on the “The Legacy of Justice Stevens,” which will take place the day before the convocation ceremony, on Thursday, May 12. The symposium will be followed by a moderated question-and-answer-session with Justice Stevens. That evening a celebratory dinner will be held in Stevens’ honor.

The symposium,  presented by the Northwestern University Law Review, is open only to the Law School community and will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Thursday, May 12, in Thorne Auditorium, 375 E. Chicago Ave. Law school faculty from around the country will participate in four academic panels, including “Justice Stevens on Executive Power” and “Justice Stevens’s Trajectory on the Court.”

The question-and-answer session will be moderated by Northwestern Law alumni Carter G. Phillips JD ‘77, managing partner of the Washington, D.C., office of Sidley Austin and among the leading litigators who has argued before the Supreme Court, and Kate Shaw JD ‘06, a former law clerk to Justice Stevens who currently is associate counsel in the White House Counsel’s Office. It will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 12, in Thorne Auditorium.

Stevens, who is the third-longest serving justice in the Supreme Court’s history, graduated in 1947, magna cum laude, from Northwestern Law. Stevens served as a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit from 1970 through 1975.  Nominated to the Supreme Court by President Gerald Ford, he took his seat on that court on December 19, 1975, and served for 35 years until his retirement in June 2010.

Stevens’ visit to the Law School is not open to the public, but media may cover the law school convocation, the symposium, the Q&A, and the dinner. Media interested in covering any of the events must call Northwestern’s Media Relations office beforehand to register. View media release...