February 11, 2004
United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will deliver the keynote address at a seminar focusing on “Judicial Independence and Accountability.” The program, co-sponsored by Tulane University Law School and the Judicial Excellence Foundation will be held on March 9, 2004 at the Audubon Tea Room in New Orleans. Justice Scalia’s keynote address begins at 5:15 p.m.
The day-long program will feature panel discussions on current issues relating to judicial excellence, including judicial conduct, campaign finance practices, merit-based selection of judges and judicial nominating commissions. Panelists will include lawyers, judges, journalists and experts from Louisiana and around the country. Seminar moderators and speakers include Chief Justice Pascal Calogero of the Louisiana Supreme Court, Chief Justice Tom Phillips of the Texas Supreme Court, Judge Calvin Johnson, Criminal District Court, New Orleans, New Orleans Bar Association President Phil Wittman, Tom Thornhill, president of the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, Tulane Law School Dean Lawrence Ponoroff, James Brandt, chief executive officer of the Public Affairs Research Council, and Janet Howard, chief executive officer of the Bureau of Governmental Research in New Orleans.
Justice Scalia has participated in Tulane University Law School courses and programs on several occasions. In July of this year, he will participate in the Law School’s summer abroad program in Greece, teaching courses on the separation of powers doctrine and the role of the Supreme Court.
The Judicial Excellence Foundation was established to educate the public in matters affecting the judiciary and to promote judicial excellence throughout Louisiana and the United States.
The seminar and keynote address is open to the public. There is no fee to attend the program but reservations are requested. For more information visit
To make reservations to attend, contact Marilyn Jacob at (504) 865-5937.