• The Role Of The Supreme Court

Donahue Lecture Series features Georgetown University's Neal Katyal

4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008
Suffolk University Law School
120 Tremont St., Boston

Leading off the 2008 Donahue Lecture Series is Georgetown University Law Professor Neal Katyal. He will lecture on "The Role of the Supreme Court."

The Donahue Lecture Series, sponsored by the Suffolk University Law Review, attracts lecturers from among the nation’s top legal scholars and jurists. Each Donahue Lecturer is a prominent legal scholar who delivers a lecture at Suffolk University Law School that forms the basis for a lead article to be published in the Law Review shortly thereafter.

Katyal recently won Hamdan v. Rumsfeld in the United States Supreme Court, a case that challenged the policy of military trials at Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, Cuba. The Supreme Court sided with him by a 5-3 vote, finding that President Bush's tribunals violated the constitutional separation of powers, domestic military law, and international law. As former Solicitor General and Duke law professor Walter Dellinger put it: "Hamdan is simply the most important decision on presidential power and the rule of law ever. Ever." An expert in matters of constitutional law, particularly the role of the president and Congress in time of war and theories of constitutional interpretation, Katyal has embraced his theoretical work as the platform for practical consequences in the federal courts.

 

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