Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and retired Justice Byron White will speak next month at KU.
A current justice and a retired member of the U.S. Supreme Court will make back-to-back visits next month to the Kansas University School of Law.
Retired Justice Byron White, who ended his 30-year career on the high court in 1993, will speak at a forum on Supreme Court topics at 4:30 p.m. April 1 in Woodruff Auditorium.
A week later, Justice Clarence Thomas, who was named to the High Court in 1991, is scheduled to give a lecture on ``Judging'' at 6:30 p.m. April 8 in the Lied Center.
In addition to their public appearances, both White and Thomas will meet informally with law students and faculty, including new associate professors who are former Supreme Court law clerks. Stephen McAllister and Christopher Drahozal both clerked for White, and McAllister also clerked for Thomas.
At least one other member of the Supreme Court will visit KU this year. Justice Antonin Scalia is scheduled to spend a day at the school on Oct. 3.
During Thomas' visit, the four law students in the final round of the school's moot court competition will argue their cases before a panel of judges headed by him.
McAllister said the pair of two-student teams would be chosen April 2. Although Supreme Court justices frequently judge moot court competitions at prominent law schools, this may be the first time a KU panel has had such a distinguished chief judge.
Other members of the panel will be Chief Judge Stephanie K. Seymour of the 10th U.S. District Court of Appeals; Chief Judge D. Brook Bartlett of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri; U.S. District Judge John Lungstrum of Lawrence; and Judge Jerry G. Elliott, Kansas Court of Appeals.
Thomas' and White's appearances are part of the Stephenson Lecture Series, which was established by Donnan Stephenson, a KU alumnus who was a member of the New Mexico Supreme Court, and his wife, Patricia Stephenson, who also attended KU.