Answered By: Alison Carrick
Last Updated: Dec 21, 2022     Views: 502

Members of the US Supreme Court who have spoken at Washington University in St. Louis:

  • Wiley Blount Rutledge
    Faculty (1926-35) and Dean of School of Law (1931-35)
    Became Supreme Court Justice February 15, 1943 [no documentation that he spoke at WU while a justice]
  • Felix Frankfurter
    March 19 & 20, 1952 - Tyrrell Williams Lecture
  • Earl Warren
    February 1955 - Second Century Convocation Ceremony
    April 22, 1972 - Dedication of Seeley G. Mudd Hall
  • William O. Douglas
    March 11, 1959 - Tyrrell William Lecture
  • Arthur Goldberg*
    scheduled April 25, 1975 at annual WU alumni dinner, but canceled due to court scheduling
    [*not on campus]
  • Harry A. Blackmun
    April 5, 1978 - Assembly Series Lecture
  • William J. Brennan, Jr.
    March 8, 1989 - Tyrrell William Lecture
  • Sandra Day O’Connor
    November 14, 1990 - Lecture at School of Law
    September 26, 1997 - Dedication of Anheuser-Busch Hall
  • Clarence Thomas*
    Featured speaker at The Missouri Bar meeting,October 1993 in St. Louis, organized by WU graduates
    [*not on campus]
  • Antonin Scalia
    January 28, 1998 - Assembly Series Lecture "On Interpreting the Constitution"
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    April 2001 - Public Interest Law Speaker
    [February 14, 1979 "Quest for Equality" Symposium, prior to appointment, on the topic of "Sexual Equality Under the Fourteenth and Equal Rights Amendments." Was also scheduled to give the 1995 Tyrrell Williams Memorial Lecture, however did not do so.]


Indian Supreme Court Justice who have spoken at Washington University

  • B.P. Jeevan Reddy
    November 10, 1997 - for a panel

Numerous members of the Missouri Supreme Court and the US Circuit Courts have also spoken at Washington University

Comments (1)

  1. She also spoke at the Law School graduation Class of 1981
    by Richard Dieffenbach on Dec 26, 2018

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