Political Structure, Federalism, and the Supreme Court - Twenty Years’ Perspective from Both Sides of the Bench

The Birmingham Lawyers Chapter
Start : Friday, February 14, 2014 12:00 PM
End : Friday, February 14, 2014 01:00 PM

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The Summit Club
1901 6th Ave N,
Birmingham, AL 35203

Featured Speakers:
Timothy M. Tymkovich
William H. Pryor Jr.



  • Hon. Timothy M. Tymkovich, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • Hon. William H. Pryor Jr., Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Judge Tymkovich and Judge Pryor will be taking a tag-team approach to discussing the topic of Political Structure, Federalism and the Supreme Court. The Judges will also touch on the political restructuring argument the Court avoided in Romer v. Evans and which it will consider in the upcoming Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action case.

Judge Timothy M. Tymkovich is a Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, serving in that position since 2003. Judge Tymkovich is a graduate of The Colorado College and the University of Colorado School of Law. After graduation, he clerked for Chief Justice William Erickson of the Colorado Supreme Court, and practiced law in Denver until 1991, when he became Colorado's Solicitor General. From 1996 until 2003 he practiced in his own firm, specializing in civil and constitutional matters, ranging from election law to water. Judge Tymkovich currently sits on several federal judicial committees and is a board member of the Federal Judges Association. In addition, Judge Tymkovich has been appointed Chair of the Federal Judiciary’s Committee on Judicial Resources.

Judge William H. Pryor Jr. was appointed to United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit by President George W. Bush in 2004. Before to his appointment, Judge Pryor served as the Attorney General of the State of Alabama from 1997 to 2004. Judge Pryor received his B.A. from Northeast Louisiana University, and his J.D. from Tulane University Law School. Judge Pryor clerked for Judge John Minor Wisdom of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit before beginning private practice, where he remained until joining then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ staff.

Registration details:

Cost: $15 for lunch

(Please pay at the door and make checks payable to “The Federalist Society”)

RSVP by Tuesday, February 11, 2014, to Carolyn Adkins at or 205-521-8687.

CLE credit has been requested for this event, but has not yet been approved.