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Harvard JLPP Hosts Online Symposium on Justice Thomas's 30th Anniversary on the Supreme Court

Contributions from Katsas, Maggs, Stras, Ho, Hardy, Ryan, Rao, and Garnett


The Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy has published a symposium issuing celebrating Thomas's three decades of service. There are contributions from eight of Thomas's former clerks, many of whom became federal judges.

Symposium Foreword: Justice Thomas Joins the Supreme Court – Gregory G. Katsas

Justice Thomas and Stare Decisis – Gregory E. Maggs

Speaking Out on Justice Thomas – David R. Stras

"Be Not Afraid" – James C. Ho

Justice Thomas: Staunch Defender of Criminal Defendants' Fifth and Sixth Amendments Rights – Liam P. Hardy and Margaret A. Ryan

Saying What the Law Is, Justice Thomas Style – Neomi Rao

What I Saw at the Daytona 500 – Nicole Stelle Garnett

I look forward to reading all the entries.

When Justice Thomas was confirmed in 1991, I was about 7 years old. I have this faintest memory about the confirmation hearing. My parents were driving down 4th Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, listening to the news on the radio. There was some report about Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill. I had no idea what the story was about. I don't even think I knew what the Supreme Court was. But I distinctly remember there was some sort of serious conflict. I can't tell you why that story stuck in my mind, but it did. (I also remember the radio report a few months later about the fall of the Soviet Union; we are about to get on the Gowanus by 72nd Street). Three decades later, I am a law professor. And Clarence Thomas is still on the Supreme Court.