Howard J. Trienens Visiting Judicial Scholar Program

The Howard J. Trienens Visiting Judicial Scholar Program was established at Northwestern Law in 1989 by partners of Sidley and Austin to honor Mr. Trienens' service to the firm and Northwestern. Mr. Trienens, who headed Sidley and Austin's Executive Committee from 1977 to 1993, joined the firm in 1949 as an associate and became a partner in 1956.

Mr. Trienens has been a member of the Northwestern University Board of Trustees since 1967 and chaired the board from 1986 to 1995. He was educated at Northwestern University, receiving a bachelor's degree in 1945 and a juris doctor degree in 1949. He was editor in chief of the Illinois Law Review. After graduating he taught a course in criminal law at the School of Law. From 1950 to 1952 he was clerk to the Hon. Fred M. Vinson, Chief Justice of the United States.

The Howard J. Trienens Visiting Scholar Program enables Northwestern Law to invite a leading jurist to the school for a few days to lecture and to provide students and faculty with a perspective on the judicial process and contemporary legal issues.

Speakers and lectures include, among others:

2013 Hon. Guido Calabresi, Senior Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

2012 Hon. Alex Kozinski, Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

2011 Hon. Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

2009 (Fall) Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

2009 (Spring) Hon. William A. Fletcher, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

2008 Hon. Stephen F. Williams, United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

2007 Hon. John G. Roberts Jr., Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court

2004 Hon. J. Harvie Wilkinson III, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

2003 (Fall) Hon. John T. Noonan Jr., Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

2003 (Spring) Hon. Anthony M. Kennedy, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

2001 Hon. Richard J. Goldstone, Justice, Constitutional Court of South Africa, "International Criminal Justice - Why We Need It"

1997 Hon. Sandra Day O'Connor, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

1995 The Rt. Hon. Sir Thomas Bingham, Master of the Rolls, Royal Court of Justice, London, "Anglo American Reflections"

1992 Hon. John Paul Stevens, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, "Is Justice Irrelevant?"

1990 Hon. William H. Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, gave the inaugural lecture "The Impeachment Clause: A Wild Card in the Constitution."