2021 Thomas M. Cooley Judicial Lecture

UPDATE: On behalf of the Georgetown Center for the Constitution and the Federalist Society, we are writing to announce that the 2021 Thomas M. Cooley Judicial Lecture on March 31st, 2021 with Judge Rao has been postponed until the event can be safely held in person. We will make an announcement once a new date has been selected.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to hosting this event safely in the future.

Please direct any questions to the Georgetown Center for the Constitution at lawconstitution@georgetown.edu 


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 virtually via Zoom Webinar. Please register in advance using the orange "register" button above. All registered attendees will receive the Webinar link prior to the event.

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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.

Event Details

The 2021 Thomas M. Cooley Book Prize of $50,000 will be awarded to Professor Sean Wilentz of Princeton University for his book, No Property in Man: Slavery and Antislavery at the Nation’s Founding (Harvard University Press, 2018). Mr. Wilentz will receive the Cooley Prize at this evening's event which will also feature the Thomas M. Cooley Judicial Lecture, to be delivered by the Honorable Neomi Rao of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.