2017 – Neal Katyal: “The President and the Courts in National Security Cases”

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UPDATE: While the oral arguments on the travel ban have been postponed, Neal Katyal’s talk in Toledo has not! Please plan to join us on Oct. 11 at  1:30 p.m. for what’s sure to be an enlightening and informative afternoon.

On October 10, former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal will seek to convince the U.S. Supreme Court that President Trump’s executive order banning travelers from six  Muslim countries from entering the United States is unconstitutional. The following day, Neal will be traveling to Toledo to deliver the 17th Annual Maryse and Ramzy Mikhail Memorial Lecture at The University of Toledo. We hope you will be able to join us at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 11 in the McQuade Auditorium at The University of Toledo College of Law for this historic discussion of the travel ban case by one of the nation’s leading Supreme Court advocates.

For nearly two decades, Neal has been a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he was one of the youngest professors to have received tenure and a chaired professorship in the university’s history. Currently, he is the Paul and Patricia Saunders Professor of National Security Law and Director of Georgetown’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection. Neal is also a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Hogan Lovells, where his practice focuses on appellate and complex litigation. Previously, he served as Deputy Solicitor General of the United States, as well as Acting Solicitor General. While teaching at Georgetown, Neal won Hamdan v. Rumsfeld in the Supreme Court, a case that challenged the policy of military trials at Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, Cuba. The Supreme Court sided with him by a 5-3 vote, finding that President Bush’s tribunals violated the constitutional separation of powers, domestic military law, and international law. As former Solicitor General and Duke Law Professor Walter Dellinger put it, “Hamdan is simply the most important decision on presidential power and the rule of law ever. Ever.”

All told, Neal has argued 34 cases before the Supreme Court, with 32 of them coming in the last eight years. In the 2016-17 Term alone, he argued seven cases at the Supreme Court, more than any other advocate in the nation. At the age of 47, he has already argued more Supreme Court cases in American history than any other minority attorney, with the exception of Thurgood Marshall (with whom Neal is currently tied).

We are confident that Neal will continue the tradition of excellent speakers into the series’ seventeenth year, and we are excited to have the opportunity to hear him speak on “The President and the Courts in National Security Cases” at such a pivotal time in our history.

Whether or not you are able to join us, we hope you will consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the fund to help ensure the continuation of the lecture series. Information on how to do so can be accessed here.