2022 Thomas M. Cooley Judicial Lecture, Prize Ceremony, & Alumni Dinner

Co-Hosted by the Faculty Division and Georgetown Center for the Constitution

National Archives Museum
701 Constitution Avenue Northwest
Washington, D.C., DC 20408

This lecture was originally scheduled to be held at the National Archives Museum on Friday, September 10, 2021 from 6:00 to 8:30 PM EDT. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been rescheduled for April 08, 2022.

Please use the registration link below to purchase tickets for the April event. For additional information, please contact elana.quint@georgetown.edu, Program Manager at the Georgetown Center for the Constitution. 

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

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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.

The Georgetown Center for the Constitution established the Thomas M. Cooley Book Prize, Symposium & Judicial Lecture to recognize exceptional books written that advance our understanding of, and commitment to, our written Constitution. The Cooley Book Prize, Judicial Lecture & Symposium honors the renowned legal scholar and jurist Thomas McIntyre Cooley. 

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). The 2020 Thomas M. Cooley Book Prize of $50,000 will be awarded to Professor Keith E. Whittington of Princeton University for his book, Repugnant Laws: Judicial Reviews of Acts of Congress from the Founding to the Present (University Press of Kansas, 2019). Mr. Wilentz and Mr. Whittington 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.

Dress Code: Black Tie Optional

Tickets are $150 each.