Supreme Court Justice at UF Law Feb. 5

Published: January 28th, 2013

Category: News

Tickets are now available to hear retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens speak at UF Law, Tuesday, Feb. 5.

The conversation is expected to cover issues, including proportionality in sentencing, the justice’s proposal for an amendment of the Supremacy Clause of Article VI of the U.S. Constitution, and the justice’s criminal law jurisprudence. The discussion will be facilitated by a panel of UF Law faculty members and will be held in the Marcia Whitney Schott Courtyard from 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Tickets are required to attend the discussion. Students may pick up tickets in the Office of Student Affairs and faculty and staff may pick up tickets from Doris Perron in the dean’s suite.The events is closed to the general public, but media are welcome to secure credentials by contacting Matt Walker at

In the event of rain, Stevens’ talk will be moved to the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom, HOL 180, and the first 180 people who pick up tickets will be allowed into the classroom to watch the discussion. The event will be webcast live, and the advocacy center will be made available for the streamed event. No book bags or other large bags will be allowed through the security point. No re-entry into the courtyard will be permitted. Students should refer to Dean Rachel Inman’s recent email.

The Marshall M. Criser Distinguished Lecture Series was created in early 2007 by Lewis Schott (B.A. 1943, LL.B. 1946) of Palm Beach, Fla., as a tribute to his fellow UF Law alumnus, former UF President Marshall Criser (JD 51). The goal of the speaker series is to host prestigious national and international speakers every year on topics of particular interest to law students. Past speakers have included Justice Clarence Thomas and former ABA President Stephen Zack (JD 71).