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Panel Discussion on the Legacy of Thurgood Marshall Feb. 21

In honor of Black History Month, the Black Law Students Association at Yale Law School will host a panel discussion on Wednesday, February 21, titled, “Thurgood Marshall in a Modern America:  His Life, Legacy and Impact Through the Voices of His Former Supreme Court Clerks.” The discussion will be held from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in Room 127 of the Sterling Law Building at Yale Law School.  A reception will follow in the Alumni Reading Room.

Panelists taking part are all former Supreme Court law clerks of Thurgood Marshall: University of Chicago Law Professor Cass Sunstein; Harvard Law Professor Mark Tushnet; and Yale Law Professors Dan Kahan and Stephen Carter. The moderator is Yale Law School Professor and former U.S. Solicitor General Drew Days.

“We are extremely honored to have such a distinguished panel help us celebrate one of the truly legal giants in American history,” said Black History Month Chairman Geoffrey Starks ’08. “There is so much folklore that surrounds Justice Marshall that it will be exciting to hear about him and his jurisprudence from people who worked directly with him on the Court.” 

Thurgood Marshall, who passed away in 1993, was the first African-American to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. Prior to being a jurist, he was a lawyer who was best remembered for his high success rate in arguing before the Supreme Court and for his victory in the Brown v. Board of Education case.

The panel discussion is free and open to the public.