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2019 Constitution Day

Hon. Jeffrey S. Sutton -- 51 Imperfect Solutions: States and the Making of American Constitutional Law

WVU Law - Hon. Jeffrey Sutton 2019 Constitution Day Speaker

The Honorable Jeffrey S. Sutton serves on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Judge Sutton was previously a partner with the law firm of Jones Day and served as State Solicitor of the State of Ohio. In his career as an advocate, he argued 12 cases in the United States Supreme Court and numerous cases in the state supreme courts and federal courts of appeal. He also was a law clerk to the Honorable Lewis F. Powell, Jr. (Ret.), the Honorable Antonin Scalia, and the Honorable Thomas J. Meskill.

From 2012 to 2016, Judge Sutton served as Chair of the Federal Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure. He has also served on the Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules, appointed first by Chief Justice Rehnquist in 2005 and subsequently as Chair by Chief Justice Roberts in 2009. Since 2006, Judge Sutton has been a member of the American Law Institute.

Judge Sutton has authored books and articles on a wide variety of topics, including many on state constitutional law and federalism, including  51 Imperfect Solutions: States and the Making of the American Constitutional Law (Oxford University Press, 2018).

He earned his law degree from Ohio State University and bachelor's degree from Williams College.

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