McGeorge School of Law

Justices on Justice Event Celebrates Kennedy Endowed Chair

October 16, 2018

Retired Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the United States Supreme Court, Presiding Judge Ann Power-Forde of Constitutional Court Chamber of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC) in The Hague, former Justice Joseph Grodin of the California Supreme Court, and Judge Wolfgang Brandstetter of the Constitutional Court of Austria.

Retired Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the United States Supreme Court, Presiding Judge Ann Power-Forde of Constitutional Court Chamber of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC) in The Hague, former Justice Joseph Grodin of the California Supreme Court, and Judge Wolfgang Brandstetter of the Constitutional Court of Austria.

University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law hosted the event "Justices on Justice,” a comparative constitutionalism discussion, on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 in the Lecture Hall, in celebration of the newly-created Anthony M. Kennedy Endowed Chair funded by the Angelo K. and Sofia Tsakopoulos Family Foundation.

The panel of distinguished justices featured Retired Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the United States Supreme Court, Presiding Judge Ann Power-Forde of Constitutional Court Chamber of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC) in The Hague, former Justice Joseph Grodin of the California Supreme Court, and Judge Wolfgang Brandstetter of the Constitutional Court of Austria. Professor Leslie Jacobs, who also directs the McGeorge Capital Center for Law & Policy, moderated the discussion on comparative constitutional law.

Professor Jacobs posed two questions to the panel: (1) What features distinguish the type of cases your court decides, way your court operations, and the scope of your authority?” and (2) Tell us what you think is most important to learn about your court’s interpretation of individual rights.  The full panel discussion is available to view on the McGeorge YouTube channel here.

CAP⋅impact published a detailed blog post, ‘Lingering Questions on Justice,” with the questions asked by the audience and direct video links to the panelists answers here, as well as a list of all of the questions asked by the audience for which time did not allow answers. CAP·impact is a project of our nonpartisan McGeorge Capital Center for Law & Policy.

Justice Kennedy was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Reagan in 1988, and he served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit starting in 1975. Prior to his elevation to the bench, he practiced law in Sacramento, and, beginning in 1965, taught Constitutional Law as a member of the McGeorge faculty. He will teach for his 29th year in the McGeorge summer program in Salzburg, Austria. 

Judge Power-Forde is a former Judge of the European Court of Human Rights (elected in respect of Ireland). Justice Grodin is Professor Emeritus at UC Hastings College of Law and is teaching this year at UC Berkeley. Judge Brandstetter is a former Professor at the Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology, University of Vienna.

The event was held before a full house in the campus Lecture Hall, was live-streamed over the McGeorge YouTube channel, and was simulcast to audiences in the law school's Classroom C and the Courtroom. It was sponsored by the McGeorge Capital Center for Law & Policy, the McGeorge Global Center for Business & Development and the McGeorge Center for Advocacy & Dispute Resolution. Media services were provided by Cogent Legal.

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