The annual John Paul Stevens Lecture brings a distinguished jurist to Colorado Law to discuss judging and the state of the judiciary. Former United States Associate Justice John Paul Stevens delivered the inaugural lecture in September 2011.

2018 Stevens Lecture

The Hon. Carlos F. Lucero, Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, delivered the 2018 John Paul Stevens Lecture, "A Constitutional Call to Arms and Reflections on a Judicial Career" on Sept. 27, 2018.

2018 Stevens Lecture

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Previous Stevens Lecture Speakers

The 2017 John Paul Stevens Lecture took place Sept. 26 at the Carr Judicial Center in Denver. Former Chief Judge of the State of New York Jonathan Lippman spoke on “Changing the Dialogue on Access to Justice.”

On September 2, 2016, Justice Sonia Sotomayor visited Boulder and participated in a Q&A conversation with more than 1,500 participants for the Fifth Annual Stevens Lecture.  The audience included students, faculty and community members from the metro area.  As well, high school students traveled to Boulder from all over Colorado to meet with Justice Sotomayor and attend the event. 

The Fourth Annual Stevens Lecture was given by Senior Associate Justice Antonin Scalia on October 1, 2014, and discussed constitutional interpretation. More than 1,500 people attended the live lecture at Macky Auditorium, and nearly 400 people watched the live stream of the lecture at University of Wyoming Law School, William & Mary Law School, Colorado College, Fort Lewis College, Western State Colorado University, Ridgway High School, and inside the Wittemyer Courtroom at the University of Colorado Law School.

Former Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor delivered the 3rd Annual Stevens Lecture on September 17, 2013. Nearly 1,000 people watched live, with additional satellite audiences in the Wolf Law building and colleges throughout Colorado. The 2nd Annual Stevens Lecture was given by Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on September 19, 2012. Nearly 1,000 people watched the lecture live, while satellite audiences enjoyed the lecture from Wolf Law, Colorado College, Fort Lewis College, and Colorado Mesa University.

Boulder Daily Camera Coverage of the 3rd Annual Stevens Lecture

CU Independent Coverage of the 3rd Annual Stevens Lecture

Second Annual Stevens Lecture: A Conversation with Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg