Marquette Law School Hallows Lecture: Former Solicitor General Paul Clement

Paul D. Clement, former Solicitor General of the United States, will present, “The Affordable Care Act Case in the Supreme Court: Looking Back, a Year After,” for Marquette Law School’s Hallows Lecture Monday, March 4, at 4:30 p.m. in Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan Street.

Clement will discuss how last year’s constitutional challenges to the Affordable Care Act presented phenomena that the Supreme Court had not seen for more than a generation – or ever. These included not only the substantive fact of a challenge to a federal law by more than half the states, but also extraordinary processes in the Court, to include six hours of oral argument and two appointed amici to brief and argue issues alongside counsel for the parties.

Clement, who argued the case on behalf of the states, will reflect on how these processes affected the presentation of the case, the unusual choices lawyers had to make in preparation and presentation of the case and the extent that it affected the public’s perception of the merits of the case.

A native of Cedarburg, Wis., Clement is one of the nation’s leading Supreme Court advocates. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, a master’s degree from Cambridge University and a law degree from Harvard Law School. Clement clerked for Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the D.C. Circuit and Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court. His government work included service as the Solicitor General of the United States from 2005 to 2008; today he is a partner in Bancroft PLLC in Washington, D.C. Clement has argued more than 60 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The annual Hollows Lecture remembers E. Harold Hallows, a Milwaukee lawyer and Marquette Law School faculty member from 1930 to 1958 and a chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court from 1958 to 1974.

Please note: the lecture is currently full, but members of the public can register online for an overflow room to watch the speech at Eckstein Hall.

Contact: Christopher Stolarski 414-288-1988 or

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