NDLS Welcomes U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas

| By: Kyle Fitzenreiter

Justice Clarence Thomas

Justice Clarence Thomas will be visiting NDLS March 5-6 as the Judge James J. Clynes Jr. Visiting Chair. During this time Justice Thomas will be visiting several NDLS classes and speaking with students and faculty.

Justice Thomas was born in the Pin Point community of Georgia near Savannah on June 23, 1948. He attended Conception Seminary and received an A.B., cum laude, from Holy Cross College, and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1974. He was admitted to law practice in Missouri in 1974, and served as an Assistant Attorney General of Missouri from 1974–1977, an attorney with the Monsanto Company from 1977–1979, and Legislative Assistant to Senator John Danforth from 1979–1981. From 1981–1982, he served as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, and as Chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from 1982–1990. He became a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1990. President Bush nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat October 23, 1991.

The Judge James J. Clynes Jr. Visiting Chair in the Ethics of Litigation within the Judicial Process

The Clynes Visiting Chair was created with a gift from the distinguished jurist and Notre Dame alumnus Judge James J. Clynes Jr. (’45). The benefaction reflects Judge Clynes’ strong interest in and dedication to promoting the ethics of litigation within the judicial process. The Clynes Visiting Chair may be held by honored members of the judiciary at both the trial and appellate levels, distinguished law professors, and prominent members of the bar to teach or conduct public lectures relative to the ethics of litigation or judicial decisionmaking. Previous chairs have included Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist.