On October 21, 2021, the Gray Center and the Heritage Foundation co-hosted a special event to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the confirmation of Justice Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court of the United States. This event, consisting of a daytime law symposium and evening lecture, brought together jurists, legal academics and practitioners, including many of the Justice’s former clerks, where we discussed his jurisprudence and impact on the Court over the past three decades.

In a special evening lecture, the inaugural “Justice Clarence Thomas First Principles Award” was presented by Ambassador C. Boyden Gray to Laurence H. Silberman, Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. This was followed by Donald F. McGahn II’s introduction of Mitch McConnell, Senate Republican Leader, who provided Keynote Remarks. The lecture concluded with Concluding Thanks by Justice Clarence Thomas, U.S. Supreme Court.

On October 21, 2021, the Gray Center and the Heritage Foundation co-hosted a special event to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the confirmation of Justice Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court of the United States. This event, consisting of a daytime law symposium and evening lecture, brought together jurists, legal academics and practitioners, including many of the Justice’s former clerks, where we discussed his jurisprudence and impact on the Court over the past three decades.

The second panel looked at the constitutional liberties of the first amendment, religion, race, and natural law, relating them to Justice Thomas’s jurisprudence. It included a discussion featuring: Allison Jones Rushing, Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; Nicole Stelle Garnett, Professor of Law at Notre Dame Law School; Elbert Lin, Partner at Hunton Andrews Kurth and former Solicitor General of West Virginia, and Michael McConnell, Professor and Director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School. It was moderated by Adam Mortara, Lecturer in Law at University of Chicago Law School.

On October 1, 2021, the Gray Center hosted a conference to mark the twentieth anniversary of Elena Kagan’s published article on “Presidential Administration,” where authors and scholars discussed and presented seven new working papers and two new books on this important and timely concept, during a series of panel discussions.

The fourth and final panel featured two authors of recent books on presidential power: Saikrishna Prakash, author of The Living Presidency: An Originalist Argument against Its Ever-Expanding Powers, and John Yoo, author of Defender in Chief: Donald Trump’s Fight for Presidential Power. They were joined by University of Michigan Professor of Law Julian Mortenson. The session was moderated by the Gray Center’s Co-Executive Director Jennifer Mascott.

On October 1, 2021, the Gray Center hosted a conference to mark the twentieth anniversary of Elena Kagan’s published article on “Presidential Administration,” where authors and scholars discussed and presented seven new working papers and two new books on this important and timely concept, during a series of panel discussions.

The third panel analyzed current issues in presidential administration and executive power. It included a discussion featuring The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania’s Brian Feinstein, University of California Hastings College of the Law’s Zachary Price, and Arizona State University’s Bijal Shah, which was moderated by The Ohio State University’s Christopher Walker.

On October 1, 2021, the Gray Center hosted a conference to mark the twentieth anniversary of Elena Kagan’s published article on “Presidential Administration,” where authors and scholars discussed and presented seven new working papers and two new books on this important and timely concept, during a series of panel discussions.

D.C. Circuit Judge and Gray Center Founder Neomi Rao sat down with Gray Center Co-Executive Director Jennifer Mascott for a conversation about her career, the administrative state, and the creation of the Gray Center.

On September 17, 2021, the Gray Center hosted an event in memory of Judge Stephen F. Williams: a conference for new papers written for a symposium on his enormous legacy in law and liberty. We are grateful to our authors, who discussed their newly completed papers at this event, hosted at the Decatur House in Washington, D.C., and followed by a reception where we were all able to continue the conversation.

The second panel looked at Judge Williams’s contributions in areas related to the American Constitution and liberal democracy. It featured a panel discussion of new research papers by Antonin Scalia Law School’s Michael Greve, Harvard Law School’s Stephen Sachs, and Nathaniel Zelinsky of Hogan Lovells LLP, and was moderated by Gray Center Co-Executive Director Adam White.

On September 17, 2021, the Gray Center hosted an event in memory of Judge Stephen F. Williams: a conference for new papers written for a symposium on his enormous legacy in law and liberty. We are grateful to our authors, who discussed their newly completed papers at this event, hosted at the Decatur House in Washington, D.C., and followed by a reception where we were all able to continue the conversation.

The first panel was introduced by Adam White and focused on Judge Williams’s work on administrative law and regulatory policy. It featured a panel discussion of new research papers by Ambassador C. Boyden Gray of Boyden Gray & Associates PLLC, Columbia Law School’s Thomas Merrill, and Lewis & Clark Law School’s James Huffman, which was moderated by Gray Center Co-Executive Director, Jennifer Mascott.

This summer, Professor Jennifer Mascott joined the Gray Center as its new Co-Executive Director. With school back in session, and the Center’s fall programs underway, Jenn visited the podcast for a conversation with our other Co-Executive Director, Adam White. They discussed her current research interests, her recent experience in the Justice Department, and her plans for Gray Center programs — beginning with an October 21 conference on Justice Thomas’s thirty-year legacy on the Court, details for which are available at https://administrativestate.gmu.edu/events/justice-thomas-thirty-year-legacy-on-the-court/.

This episode features Jennifer Mascott and Adam White.