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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court at 300: Past, Present & Future

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Established in 1722, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania is the oldest appellate court in the country and has played an important role in the history of the Commonwealth. To commemorate its 300th anniversary, the Court will hold a series of events throughout 2022 aimed at highlighting the Court’s unique role and how its decisions affect every Pennsylvanian. 

This two-day symposium will review key aspects of the Supreme Court's jurisprudence, use the Court's tricentennial to explore broader issues in our republican form of government, and expound on the role of today's Supreme Court as the administrator of Pennsylvania's Unified Judicial System. The panel members will include the Justices of the PA Supreme Court, the Chief Justices of South Carolina, Ohio and Rhode Island, the former Chief Judge of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals D. Brooks Smith, Pennsylvania Chief Justice Emeritus Thomas G. Saylor, and retired United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, as well as prominent legal scholars and members of the bar.


The Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the Pennsylvania Constitution in America's Early Years
The Supreme Court and the Declaration of Rights
Judicial Federalism

The Modern Supreme Court
Judicial Decision-Making in State Supreme Courts
Reflections from the Bench

Full agenda available HERE .

Recorded in May 2022.




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Chief Justice Max Baer Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Chief Justice Donald W. Beatty Supreme Court of South Carolinia
Charles L. Becker Esq. Kline & Specter PC
Justice P. Kevin Brobson Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Steven L. Chanenson Esq. Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
Prof. John C. Dernbach Widener University Commonwealth Law School
Justice Christine L. Donohue Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Justice Kevin M. Dougherty Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Prof. Tabatha Abu El-Haj Drexel University Kline School of Law
JoAnne A. Epps Esq. Temple University Beasley School of Law
Professor Joel Fishman PhD Duquesne University
Gary S. Gildin Esq. Penn State Dickinson Law (Carlisle)
Professor Kenneth G. Gormley President
Thomas R. Kline School of Law Duquesne University
R. Craig Green Ph.D. Temple University Beasley School of Law
John J. Hare Esq. Marshall Dennehey, P.C. (Phila)
Prof. Pamela S. Karlan U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division
Assoc. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy
Hon. Cheryl A. Krause United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Seth F. Kreimer Esq.
Prof. Catherine J. Lanctot Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
Robert J. Mongeluzzi Esq. Saltz Mongeluzzi Bendesky PC (Phila)
Justice Sallie Updyke Mundy Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor Supreme Court of Ohio
Jeffrey Rosen National Constitution Center
Teresa M. Sachs Esq. Pennsylvania Supreme Court
Chief Justice Thomas G. Saylor (ret) Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Hon. D. Brooks Smith US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (Phila)
Chief Justice Paul A. Suttell Supreme Court of Rhode Island
Chief Justice Debra Todd Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Justice David N. Wecht Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Hon. John E. Wetzel Department of Corrections
Prof. Amy J. Wildermuth JD University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Prof. Robert F. Williams Rutgers Law School
Gov. Tom Wolf Office of the Governor
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