U.S. Court of Appeals chief judge to give Stranahan Lecture

September 30, 2011 | Events, UToday
By Staff



Alice M. Batchelder, chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, will deliver the Stranahan Lecture for The University of Toledo College of Law at noon Thursday, Oct. 6, in the Law Center Auditorium.

The title of her free, public lecture is “The Anti-Federalists’ Warning: An Overpowerful Federal Judiciary.”

During the state ratification debates over the Constitution, the Anti-Federalists warned that the federal government would not consist of three co-equal branches; instead, they predicted that the federal judiciary would become the dominant power. Batchelder will discuss whether the Anti-Federalists’ prediction has come true.

She has been a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit since 1992. Before that, Batchelder was a U.S. district judge and a U.S. bankruptcy judge.

“Chief Judge Batchelder is one of the leading jurists on the bench today,” said Lee J. Strang, UT professor of law. “She has decades of experience on the federal bench, which puts her in the perfect position to evaluate whether the Anti-Federalists’ ominous prediction about the federal judiciary has come to pass. Chief Judge Batchelder’s lecture is sure to provoke conversation.”

The Stranahan National Issues Forum is a joint program of The University of Toledo College of Law and its chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies. It is made possible by an endowment from the Stranahan Foundation. Batchelder joins a long list of high-profile speakers who have delivered the Stranahan Lecture at the College of Law.

Reserved parking for lecture attendees is available in Lot 25, which is adjacent to Rocket Hall.

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