Sumner Canary Memorial Lecture

The Sumner Canary Memorial lecture was established to honor the memory of the late Judge Sumner Canary, a pillar of the Cleveland legal community. Judge Canary served on the Ohio Court of Appeals for the Eighth District and as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. In addition to his public service, Judge Canary was a partner at the firms of Canary & Walsh and Arter & Hadden.

This lectureship, which was made possible due to the generosity of Judge Canary’s widow, Nancy Canary, has featured numerous federal judges, scholars, academics and six U.S. Supreme Court Justices.


The Honorable Don Willett, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Sept. 9, 2021



The Honorable Amy Coney Barrett, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Sept. 19, 2019

Published remarks (PDF)


The Honorable Joan Larsen, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Sept. 25, 2018

Published remarks (PDF)


The Honorable Diane Sykes, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

March 7, 2018

Published remarks (PDF)


Neal Katyal, Paul Saunders Professor, Georgetown University Law Center

September 14, 2016

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The Honorable Neil Gorsuch, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

April 7, 2016

Published remarks (PDF)


The Honorable William Pryor, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

October 2, 2014

Published remarks (PDF)


The Honorable Brett Kavanaugh, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

October 1, 2013

Published remarks (PDF)


Randy Barnett, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory, Georgetown University Law Center

September 27, 2012

Published remarks (PDF)


Bradley A. Smith, Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Professor of Law, Capital University Law School

October 17, 2011


Professor Jack Goldsmith, Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

March 23, 2010


The Honorable Michael McConnell, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

October 15, 2008


Saul Levmore, Dean, University of Chicago Law School

April 17, 2007

Published remarks


The Honorable Guido Calabresi, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Thoughts on Equality in the American Constitution

April 6, 2005


The Honorable Jose Cabranes, U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
University Governance in the Enron Era

April, 8 2003


Charles J. Ogletree, Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Why Reparations? Why Now?

April 10, 2002


The Honorable Ralph K. Winter, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
The Constitutionality of Campaign Finance Reform

April 3, 2001


The Honorable Louis H. Pollak, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Judging Under the Aegis of the Third Article

April 5, 2000

Published Remarks


Geoffrey C. Hazard, Trustee Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Under Shelter of Confidentiality

Published Remarks


Derek Bok, 300th Anniversary University Professor, Harvard University
Law School Admissions and the Fight over Racial Preferences

March 25, 1998


Randall L. Kennedy, Michael R. Klein Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Race, Suspicion, and the Police

October 30, 1997


Nadine Strossen, John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law, New York Law School
Hate Speech and Pornography: Do We Have to Choose Between Freedom of Speech and Equality?

April 14, 1995

Published Remarks


The Honorable Alex Kozinski, U. S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
Death: The Ultimate Run-On Sentence

October 20, 1994

Published Remarks


Nat Hentoff
The Continuing Wars Against Free Speech in America

March 9, 1994


The Honorable William S. Sessions, Former Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation

October 24, 1993


Professor Catherine MacKinnon, University of Michigan
Pornography Left and Right

March 25, 1993


The Honorable Kenneth Starr, Solicitor General of the United States
The Supreme Court and the Federal Judicial System

February 5, 1992


The Honorable Patrick Higginbotham, U. S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
Juries and the Death Penalty

October 24, 1990


The Honorable Frank H. Easterbrook, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Presidential Review

February 7, 1990

Published Remarks


The Honorable Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court
Assorted Canards of Contemporary Legal Analysis

October 24, 1989

Published Remarks


Benno C. Schmidt, President, Yale University
The Enigma of Mr. Justice Holmes

November 10, 1988


The Honorable Jeane Kirkpatrick, Former Ambassador to the United Nations

October 31, 1988


The Honorable Richard A. Posner, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Legal Formalism, Legal Realism, and the Interpretation of Statutes and the Constitution

October 15, 1986

Published remarks


The Honorable Warren E. Burger, Chief Justice of the United States
We the People

February 17, 1986

Published Remarks


Judge A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr.

March 4, 1985


Justice Sandra Day O’Connor
Our Judicial Federalism

November 13, 1984

Published Remarks


Kingman Brewster
Does the Constitution Care about Coercive Use of Federal Funding?

October 6, 1983

Published Remarks


The Honorable Griffin Bell, Former Attorney General of the United States
Toward an Adequate Criminal Justice System
Bell had just been appointed by AG William French Smith to “co-chair a federal task force charged with determining what the federal government can do about fighting the rise in violent crime.”

April 7, 1981