Professor Crowe Plans Public Conversation with Court of Appeals Judges

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., Oct. 15, 2010 — On Saturday, Oct. 23, Assistant Professor of Political Science Justin Crowe ’03 will take the stage at Williams College with the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Honorable Jeffrey Sutton ’83, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, for an event titled “The Court, the Constitution, and the Confirmation Wars.” Organized in conjunction with Family Days, the event will take place on the MainStage at the ’62 Center at 11 a.m. and is free and open to the public.

During the event, Crowe will engage Reinhardt and Sutton in a conversation covering topics such as contested Supreme Court decisions, the challenges of constitutional interpretation, and the changing nature of the confirmation process. Between Reinhardt and Sutton, the two judges have nearly 40 years of experience in the appeals court system and more than 70 years of experience with law.

Reinhardt was nominated for his current seat by President Jimmy Carter in 1979. Prior to his appointment he was a private practice attorney for more than 20 years, after serving in the U.S. Air Force. Reinhardt received his B.A. from Pomona and his LL.B. from Yale in 1954.

Sutton is a newer member of the appeals court, nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate in 2003. His prior career includes time as a state solicitor, law professor, private practitioner, and law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Antnin Scalia. He gradated from Williams in 1983 and received his LL.B. from Ohio State University College of Law in 1990.

Crowe graduated from Williams in 2003, returning to teach in 2009. His research interests include the Supreme Court, constitutional law and theory, American political and constitutional development, American political thought and culture, and American political institutions. He teaches courses such as Power, Politics, and Democracy in America; American Constitutionalism I: Structures of Power; American Constitutionalism II: Rights and Liberties; and Problems and Progress in American Democracy. Crowe received his Ph.D. from Princeton in 2007.


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