Published: Sept. 5, 2012

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court will give the keynote address at the University of Colorado Law School’s Gathering of the Bench and Bar Conference to be held Sept. 19-21 in Boulder.

Ginsburg will deliver the Byron R. White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law’s second annual Stevens Lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 5 p.m. in the University Memorial Center’s Glenn Miller Ballroom at CU-Boulder. The Stevens Lecture is open to the public but seating is limited and those seeking to attend must register online by Sept. 12.
Last year’s Stevens Lecture was delivered by former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and next year’s Stevens Lecture will be presented by former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
Earlier on Sept. 19 and also on Sept. 20, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit will hold hearings from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the Wolf Law Building’s Wittemyer Courtroom. The hearings are free and open to the public and no registration is needed. 
On Sept. 20 and 21, the conference will move to Boulder’s St. Julien Hotel, where attendees registered for the conference will participate in a combination of general panels and breakout sessions. 
On Sept. 20 at 3:20 p.m., three important figures in the history of the Affordable Care Act will be part of a panel considering the impact of the Supreme Court’s health care reform decision.
Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel, former special adviser for health care to the Office of Management and Budget, and Dr. Robert Kocher, former special assistant to the president on health care -- both of whom helped draft the Affordable Care Act -- will join Paul Clement, the former solicitor general of the United States who argued against the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act before the Supreme Court.
On Sept. 21 at 10:20 a.m., members of the press will provide a rare perspective on judicial affairs. Speakers will include Jess Bravin of The Wall Street Journal, Dahlia Lithwick of and Newsweek, and Eugene Volokh of The Volokh Conspiracy. They will address questions posed by Denver’s own Rebecca Askew, owner and publisher of Law Week Colorado. 
The conference kicks off with a lineup of distinguished speakers on Sept. 19 at 1:30 p.m. in Colorado Law’s Wittemyer Courtroom with opening remarks from Judges Neil M. Gorsuch and Timothy M. Tymkovich of the U.S. Tenth Circuit, Chief Judge Wiley Daniel of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, and Chief Justice Michael Bender (Law ’67) of the Colorado Supreme Court. 
“This conference is part of Colorado Law’s commitment to engaging with the bench and bar, providing our alums and students unique educational opportunities, and bringing national leaders to Colorado,” said Colorado Law Dean Phil Weiser. 
Those attending Ginsburg’s lecture must bring government-issued identification and no personal items will be allowed inside, including purses and backpacks. The screening process will open at 3:30 p.m. and attendees are advised to arrive before 4:15 p.m.
To register for the Ginsburg lecture go to Registration must be received by Sept. 12.
To register for the conference visit For registration questions contact Cheryl Franchi at
For questions about the conference schedule or Continuing Legal Education credits contact Therese Kerfoot at

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Steve Petteway, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States)