Judging the Laws of Congress

Robert A. Katzmann, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 4:30pm
120 Lewis Library
Event Category: 
Public Speaker

Please join us as we welcome Robert A. Katzmann, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  Katzmann will deliver this year's John Marshall Harlan '20 Lecture in Constitutional Adjudication, titled "Judging the Laws of Congress."  

A book sale and signing will follow the discussion.

The Harlan Lecture celebrates the legacy of John Marshal Harlan, the eighth U.S. Supreme Court justice to graduate from Princeton (current Justices Samuel A. Alito, Jr. '72, Sonia Sotomayor '76 and Elena Kagan '81 are the ninth, 10th, and 11th).

Past Harlan Lecturers include Associate U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; Judge Dieter Grimm, Federal Constitutional Court of Germany; Judge Leonie M. Brinkema, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia; Associate U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey Stuart Rabner ’82; Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella, Supreme Court of Canada; Associate U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens [ret.]; and the Honorable Andras Sajo, Judge at the European Court of Human Rights.

Robert A. Katzmann
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

A lawyer and political scientist by training, Judge Katzmann received his A.B. (summa cum laude) from Columbia College, A.M. and Ph.D  in government from Harvard University, and a J.D. from the Yale Law School, where he was an Article and Book Review Editor of the Yale Law Journal.  After clerking on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, he joined the Brookings Institution, where he was a research associate, senior fellow, visiting fellow, and acting program director.   His books include: Judging StatutesRegulatory Bureaucracy;  Institutional DisabilityCourts and Congress; editor and project director of The Law Firm and the Public Good; co-editor of Managing Appeals in Federal Court; editor and contributing author of Daniel Patrick Moynihan:  The Intellectual in Public Life; and editor and contributing author of Judges and Legislators.  He conceived of the Immigrant Justice Corps, the country’s first fellowship program dedicated to meeting the need for high-quality legal assistance for immigrants. He chaired the U.S. Judicial Conference Committee on the Judicial Branch.

Judge Katzmann received the American Political Science Association’s Charles E. Merriam Award, is a recipient of the 2012 Learned Hand Medal of the Federal Bar Council, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.