In Praise of State Constitutions

The Columbus Lawyers Chapter
Start : Wednesday, April 04, 2012 05:30 PM
End : Wednesday, April 04, 2012 07:30 PM

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Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center
Columbus, OH

Featured Speakers:
Jeffrey S. Sutton



  • Hon. Jeffrey S. Sutton, U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals champions the cause of making greater use of state constitutions. Judge Sutton advances his position as a practical approach. "Lawyers are problem solvers, and when a state or local law stands in the way of a client’s objective, it generally will matter little to the client whether the lawyer manages to strike the law on federal or state grounds." He has addressed state constitutional law in speeches, a law review article and a textbook he co-authored. "Many of the most groundbreaking constitutional disputes of the day are being waged in state courts under state constitutions. Whether it is school funding, property rights, the definition of marriage or other modern rights disputes, the state courts in recent years have gone from being civil rights followers to leaders."

About the Speaker
When Judge Sutton took his seat on the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2003 he brought with him considerable state and federal experience. He was a partner with the law firm of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue in Columbus and served as state solicitor of Ohio. He also was a law clerk to the Honorable Lewis F. Powell Jr. (Ret.), the Honorable Antonin Scalia and the Honorable Thomas J. Meskill. Judge Sutton co-authored "State Constitutional Law, the Modern Experience," which was published in 2010. He graduated from Williams College and The Ohio State University College of Law, where he has been an adjunct professor since 1994.

Registration details:

The program is open to the public at no charge.

Registration opens at 5:30 p.m. Program begins at 6 p.m. Reception at 7 p.m.

R.S.V.P. to or 614.387.9402 by Monday, April 2.

Driving directions and parking information are available at Building guests must present photo identification.