2013 Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series
2013 Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Distinguished Lecturer
The Honorable Jeffrey S. Sutton
United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
"Lewis F. Powell, Jr. and the Practice of Law"
When: February 26 at 5:00
Where: Moot Court Room
Judge Sutton delivered the eleventh annual Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Distinguished Lecture. Prior to his appointment to the bench in 2003, he was a partner with Jones Day Reavis & Pogue, where he practiced appellate law and constitutional and commercial litigation. He served as State Solicitor of Ohio, where he oversaw appellate litigation on behalf of the Ohio Attorney General and participated in complex litigation on her behalf at the trial level, from 1995-98. He argued 12 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, filed over 50 merits and amicus curiae briefs at the U.S. Supreme Court, and also argued 15 cases in state Supreme Courts.
As an adjunct professor at Harvard Law School, Vanderbilt Law School, and the Ohio State University College of Law, Judge Sutton has taught courses in constitutional law, state constitutional law, U.S. Supreme Court practice, and effective legal writing in the real world. In October 2012, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. appointed him as chair of the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure.
A graduate of Williams College, Judge Sutton earned his law degree at the Ohio State University, where he ranked first in his class. Following law school, he clerked for Justices Lewis F. Powell Jr. and Antonin Scalia in 1991-92 and for Judge Thomas J. Meskill, U.S. Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in 1990-1991.