Kagan to speak at Notre Dame Forum

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The golden dome at the University of Notre Dame (IL file photo)

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan will speak at Notre Dame University this month as part of the school’s Notre Dame Forum.

Justice Elena Kagan

Kagan will participate in a conversation with Notre Dame Law Dean G. Marcus Cole beginning at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 22 in the Leighton Concert Hall of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on the South Bend campus. She will also speak with Notre Dame Law students and faculty during her visit.

“We are deeply honored to have Justice Elena Kagan visit Notre Dame Law School,” Cole said in a statement. “Our students, faculty and the entire Notre Dame community will benefit from getting to know one of our nation’s greatest jurists.”

Nominated by former President Barack Obama and confirmed in August 2010, Kagan is the fourth woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. She succeeded the late Justice John Paul Stevens, who retired in 2010.

Prior to her nomination, Kagan served as U.S. solicitor general, dean of Harvard Law School, and associate counsel to the president and deputy assistant to the president for domestic policy in the Clinton administration. She is a graduate of Princeton University, the University of Oxford and Harvard Law School.

The Notre Dame Forum is an annual event on the South Bend campus that focuses on a “central theme of particular importance to the University, the nation and the larger world,” according to Notre Dame. Kagan will be the first speaker of the 2023-2024 forum, where the theme will be “The Future of Democracy.”

“We are honored to host Justice Kagan at Notre Dame, and to hear her reflections on the unique role of the judiciary in our democracy,” Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins said in a statement. “I hope this conversation will encourage each of us to reflect more deeply on the privileges and responsibilities of citizenship and how we can contribute to the flourishing of our democracy.”

The talk will be free but ticketed and open to members of the Notre Dame campus community. Tickets will become available one hour before the event at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center ticket office, and attendees will be required to show their Notre Dame ID at the door.

The talk will also be streamed on Notre Dame Law School’s YouTube channel.

Kagan is the seventh of the nine sitting justices to visit Notre Dame, which is the alma mater of Justice Amy Coney Barrett. Prior justices who have visited the South Bend school include Barrett, Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Samuel Alito, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Justice Clarence Thomas, as well as the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Indiana Lawyer will be attending Kagan’s talk. Check back with theindianalawyer.com on and after Sept. 22 for coverage.

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