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U.S. Appeals Court Judge Diane Sykes addresses ‘Citizens United,’ March 21 at 5pm

March 15, 2012

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Judge Diane S. Sykes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit will deliver “Citizens United in the Montana Supreme Court: When a State Supreme Court Ignores the U.S. Supreme Court” on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at 5 p.m. in room 110 of Tulane Law School’s John Giffen Weinmann Hall (6329 Freret Street). A PowerPoint presentation will accompany Judge Sykes’s lecture, estimated to be between 40 and 45 minutes. A reception will follow in the Berkett Multipurpose Room.

“As the title suggests, the speech centers on the recent Montana Supreme Court decision in which the supreme court of that state basically refused to follow the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United,” Sykes explains. “It’s a timely topic, and particularly interesting for me to address from my vantage point as a former state supreme court justice.”


The speech, according to Sykes, also gives a historic insight into state supreme courts defying the United States Supreme Court, including the power struggle between the courts of Wisconsin and the U.S. over the constitutionality of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850.

About Judge Sykes

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Nominated by George W. Bush on November 14, 2003, to a seat vacated by John L. Coffey.

Confirmed by the Senate on June 24, 2004, and received commission on July 1, 2004.

Northwestern University, BS, 1980
Marquette University Law School, JD, 1984

Professional Career:
Law clerk, Hon. Terence T. Evans, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1984-1985
Private practice, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1985-1992
Judge, Milwaukee County Circuit Court, Wisconsin, 1992-1999
Justice, Wisconsin Supreme Court, 1999-2004

This lecture is sponsored by the Tulane Chapter of the Federalist Society. Admission is free and open to the public.


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