Judicial selection in Reagan Administration topic of Stranahan Lecture Oct. 16

October 15, 2012 | Events, UToday, Law
By Rachel Phipps


Stephen J. Markman, Michigan Supreme Court Justice and former U.S. attorney, will address the Reagan Administration’s understanding of the judicial power and its impact on federal judicial selection in the Stranahan Lecture at The University of Toledo College of Law.

Markman’s free, public lecture, “Myths and Realities of the Judicial Power: Judicial Selection in the Reagan Administration,” will take place Tuesday, Oct. 16, at noon in the recently renovated Richard & Jane McQuade Law Center Auditorium.

“Justice Markman’s lecture will draw on his broad experience in federal and state, public and private service,” said Lee J. Strang, UT professor of law. “His insider’s perspective of how the Reagan Administration selected nominees for the federal bench will provide insight for ongoing debates about the proper role of federal judges and how we select them. Justice Markman’s lecture is sure to spark thought and conversation.”

Before joining the Michigan Supreme Court in 1999, Markman served as U.S. attorney, appointed by President George H. W. Bush, and as a U.S. assistant attorney general, appointed by President Ronald Reagan. In the latter position, he headed the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Policy, which served as the principal policy development office within the department, and which coordinated the federal judicial selection process. Additionally, his legal career has included stints in private practice as chief counsel of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, as deputy chief counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and as a judge on the Michigan Court of Appeals.

Markman has written an extensive body of scholarship in some of the best journals in the nation, including the Stanford Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, American Criminal Justice Law Review, and Washington & Lee Law Review. He has also served as a contributing editor of National Review magazine.

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. The forum’s purpose is to address issues of national importance through the lens of the American legal system, and Markman joins a long list of high-profile speakers who have delivered the Stranahan Lecture at UT College of Law.

Reserved parking for lecture attendees is available in Lot 25, which is adjacent to Rocket Hall. Visitors may access Lot 25 from Secor Road using College Drive.

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