Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit delivered OCU LAW’s 2008 Brennan Lecture at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, in the Homsey Family Moot Courtroom. The lecture was titled "Why Teach (And Study) State Constitutional Law?"
Before his appointment to the federal bench in 2003, Judge Sutton served as State Solicitor of Ohio and a partner with the law firm of Jones Day Reavis & Pogue in Columbus, Ohio, attracting national attention through his successful advocacy in several landmark federalism cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He earned his B.A. from Williams College in 1983 and his LL.B. from the Ohio State University in 1990. He regularly teaches state constitutional law at Ohio State, where has been a member of the adjunct faculty since 1993.
Named in honor of Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., the Brennan Lecture at OCU School of Law brings leading scholars in state constitutional law to campus. The Brennan Lecture is sponsored by the Center for the Study of State Constitutional Law and Government, under the direction of Professor of Law Andrew Spiropoulos with assistant directors Professor of Law Dennis Arrow and Assistant Professor of Law Michael O’Shea. By sponsoring workshops, scholarly writing and public lectures, the Center takes advantage of its location in the heart of Oklahoma’s capital city to promote scholarship and discussion on important issues relating to state and local government.