Chief Judge Alex Kozinski to Visit the Law School as the Trienens Judicial Scholar

March 28, 2012

The Honorable Alex Kozinski, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, will visit the Law School as the 2012 Howard J. Trienens Visiting Judicial Scholar. Judge Kozinski will participate in a moderated discussion, which is open to all faculty, staff, and students, on March 28 at 4 p.m. in Lincoln Hall.

Judge Kozinski was appointed United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit on November 7, 1985, and became Chief Judge on November 30, 2007. Prior to his appointment to the appellate bench, Judge Kozinski served as Chief Judge of the United States Claims Court.

The Howard J. Trienens Visiting Scholar Program was established at Northwestern Law in 1989 by partners of Sidley Austin LLP to honor Howard J. Trienens JD ’49, a partner at the firm since 1956, for his years of service. Trienens has been a member of the Northwestern board of trustees since 1967 and chairman of the board from 1986 to 1995. He received two degrees from Northwestern, a bachelor’s degree in 1945 and a JD in 1949.

The program exposes students and faculty to perspectives on the judicial process and contemporary legal issues through lectures and other programs by leading jurists. Distinguished guests who have lectured as part of the Trienens Visiting Judicial Scholar Program include U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sonya Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, John G. Roberts Jr., William H. Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia, John Paul Stevens, Sandra Day O’Connor, and Anthony M. Kennedy.