2007 Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series
2007 Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Distinguished Lecturer
The Honorable J. Harvie Wilkinson, United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
"Lewis F. Powell, Jr., A Personal View"
When: Friday, September 21, 2007 at 1:30
Where: Lee Chapel
September 19, 2007 marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Justice Powell, and Washington and Lee University celebrated this milestone with a year-long series of symposia and lectures exploring Justice Powell's judicial legacy. The fall symposia began on September 17 and concluded on September 21 with Judge Wilkinson delivering the fifth lecture in the Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series. The Washington & Lee Law Review published the lecture in 2008: http://scholarlycommons.law.wlu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1089&context=wlulr.
Judge Wilkinson graduated from Yale University in 1967 and from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1972. He served in the United States Army from 1968-1969 and was a republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1970. After graduation from law school, Judge Wilkinson clerked for Justice Powell during the 1972-1973 term. He served as an associate professor at the University of Virginia from 1973-1978 and as an editorial page editor for the Norfolk Virginia-Pilot from 1978-1981. From 1982-1983, he was the deputy assistant U.S. attorney general, Civil Rights Division, in the U.S. Department of Justice.
On January 30, 1984, President Ronald Reagan nominated him to a seat on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Senate confirmed him on August 9, 1984. From 1996-2003, he served as Chief Judge of the Fourth Circuit.