U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy Speaks to UCDC Law Students - October 7, 2013



For the third time in two years students participating in the University of California Law Program in DC (UCDC Law Program) had the extraordinary privilege of meeting a Supreme Court Justice. On October 7, 2013, opening day of the 2013-2014 Supreme Court term, Justice Anthony Kennedy addressed a group of more than 200 undergraduate and law school students. Following the large session, Justice Kennedy graciously agreed to meet separately with 20 UC law students who are in Washington, D.C. this semester participating in full-time externships. Justice Kennedy spent more than 30 minutes speaking with and taking questions from the small group of UCDC law students. During the exchange, Justice Kennedy affirmed his support for a three-year law school curriculum, explaining that the curriculum provides the foundation for “the language of the law,” which is a tremendous national resource. He also commented on the lack of helpful law review articles, but said that he has found a substitute in legal blogs moderated by notable law professors who are able to comment on court opinions and on cases that are granted cert. And finally, in an open personal exchange, he shared that his children and grandchildren think he is a "cultural dinosaur." Sharing that he [was in a store last Christmas and overheard someone say], "What was Lady Gaga talking about?" he said, “That’s not a nice thing to call that lady.” ​