I am very pleased to report that Melissa Murray will give Chautauqua Institution’s 17th annual Robert H. Jackson Lecture on the Supreme Court of the United States, next Thursday, July 22, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. This year’s “lecture” will be online on the CHQ Assembly platform and free to view. I will converse with Professor Murray about the Supreme Court for about forty-five minutes, and she then will answer audience questions.
Melissa Murray is the Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law at NYU, where she teaches constitutional law, family law, criminal law, and reproductive rights and justice. Her writing has appeared in a range of legal and lay publications, including the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Nation. Prior to joining the NYU Law faculty, Murray was the Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, where she received the law school’s Rutter Award for Teaching Distinction, the Association of American Law School’s Derrick A. Bell Award, and, from March 2016 to June 2017, served as interim dean of the law school. Murray serves a legal analyst for MSNBC and is a co-host of Strict Scrutiny, a podcast about the Supreme Court and the legal culture that surrounds it. A graduate of the University of Virginia and Yale Law School, Murray clerked for Sonia Sotomayor when she was a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and for Stefan Underhill of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. She is a member of the American Law Institute and the New York bar.
The Jackson Lecture at Chautauqua Institution is a leading annual consideration of the Supreme Court of the United States, occurring in the weeks following the completion of the Court’s annual Term. Justice Robert H. Jackson, who served on the Court from 1941-1954, was a lifelong Chautauqua Institution attendee and one of its prominent lecturers. He lived and practiced law for twenty years in Jamestown, New York, located down Chautauqua Lake from Chautauqua Institution.
In past years, Chautauqua’s Jackson Lecturers have been:
- 2005: Geoffrey R. Stone, University of Chicago professor;
- 2006: Linda Greenhouse, New York Times writer and Yale Law School professor;
- 2007: Seth P. Waxman, WilmerHale partner and former Solicitor General of the United States;
- 2008: Jeffrey Toobin, legal writer and CNN senior legal analyst;
- 2009: Paul D. Clement, Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner and former Solicitor General of the United States;
- 2010: Jeff Shesol, historian, communications strategist, and former White House speechwriter;
- 2011: Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate and Amicus podcast host;
- 2012: Pamela Karlan, Stanford University professor;
- 2013: Charles Fried, Harvard University professor and former Solicitor General of the United States;
- 2014: Akhil Reed Amar, Yale University professor;
- 2015: Laurence H. Tribe, Harvard University professor;
- 2016: Tracey L. Meares, Yale University professor;
- 2017: Judge Jon O. Newman, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit;
- 2018: Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella, of the Supreme Court of Canada;
- 2019: Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP partner and former Solicitor General of the U.S.; and
- 2020 (online): Ruth Marcus, deputy editorial page editor of The Washington Post.
For a video library of some past Jackson Lectures, and also video of interviews with lecturers during their visits to Chautauqua Institution, click here: https://
To register to watch Melissa Murray’s upcoming Jackson Lecture—again, it is free—and get it on your electronic calendar, click here: https://chq.org/event/36954/.