2020 Thomas M. Cooley Judicial Lecture

UPDATE: Due to public health concerns arising from COVID-19, this event has been postponed to March 31, 2021. 


The Federalist Society and the Georgetown Center for the Constitution invite you to join us for the second annual Thomas M. Cooley Judicial Lecture, which will be delivered by Judge Neomi Rao of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. 

The lecture will be held at Georgetown University Law Center Hart Auditorium, and will be followed by a reception. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.

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Judge Neomi Rao

U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

Thomas M. Cooley was the longstanding Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court and Dean of the Michigan Law School. This lecture series is commissioned to honor United States judges who have made a significant legal impact as professors and jurists. Before her appointment to the D.C. Circuit, Judge Rao was the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, which is an office in OMB focused on regulatory review. Before this she was a professor of structural constitutional law, administrative law, legislation, and statutory interpretation at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, where she also founded the Center for the Study of the Administrative State. The Federalist Society and the Georgetown Center for the Constitution are honored to have Judge Rao continue this lecture series.


Schedule of Events:

6:30 pm - Welcome 

  • Dean William Treanor, Georgetown University Law School

6:35 pm - Introduction and Presentation of the 2020 Thomas M. Cooley Book Prize

  • Randy E. Barnett, Georgetown University Law School

6:40 pm - Remarks by Thomas M. Cooley Book Prize Recipient

  • Keith E. Whittington, Princeton University

6:45 pm - Lecture by Hon. Neomi Rao, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit