‘I Love The Federalist Society!’

Every Sitting Supreme Court Justice Has Addressed The Federalist Society


Associate Justice Elena Kagan: “She began her welcome by booming out: ‘I LOVE the Federalist Society!’ Kagan paused for emphasis and then repeated, ‘I LOVE the Federalist Society!’” (Jim Lindgren, “Elena Kagan: “I LOVE the Federalist Society! I LOVE the Federalist Society!,” The Volokh Conspiracy Blog, 5/10/2010)


All Current Supreme Court Justices – And Retired Justice Kennedy – Have Attended Federalist Society Events

Chief Justice John Roberts: On November 16, 2007 in Washington, D.C., Chief Justice John Roberts Spoke at the 7th annual Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture. (“7th Annual Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture – Event Audio/Video,” The Federalist Society Website, 11/16/2007)

Retired Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy: On October 22, 2015 in Cambridge, MA, Then-Associate Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy attended a conversational event hosted by the Harvard Federalist Society. (“A Conversation With Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy,” The Harvard Federalist Society Website, 10/22/2015; “U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy visits HLS,” Harvard Law Today, 10/23/2015)

Associate Justice Clarence Thomas: On November 14, 2013, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas was interviewed “onstage at the Federalist Society’s annual gala.” (“Clarence Thomas: The Supreme Court’s Most Happy Fella,” The Washington Post, 11/15/2013)

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “The Federalist Society … hosts hundreds of events, which are open to the public and generally include debates on legal topics. These forums have included presentations by scores of liberals, including Justices Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Michael Dukakis, Barney Frank, and Patricia Ireland.” (“High Society,” National Review, 4/30/2001)

Associate Justice Stephen Breyer: On December 5, 2006 in Washington, D.C., Associate Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer attended a conversation on the constitution with Then-Justice Antonin Scalia that was hosted by the federalist society. (“A Conversation On The Constitution With Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer And Antonin Scalia,” The Federalist Society Website, Accessed 12/05/2006)

Associate Justice Samuel Alito: On November 15, 2007 in Washington, D.C., Associate Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito spoke at the Federalist Society’s 25th Anniversary Gala. (“25th Anniversary Gala,” The Federalist Society Website, 11/15/2007)

Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor: On February 27, 2009 in New Haven, CT, then-Judge Sonia Sotomayor spoke on a panel discussing “confirmation battles and presidential nominations at the Yale Law School’s 2009 Annual Student Symposium. (“2009 Annual Student Symposium” The Federalist Society Website, 2/27/2009)

Associate Justice Elena Kagan: On February 26, 2005 in Cambridge, MA, then-Harvard Law School Dean Elena Kagan gave the introduction at the banquet of The Federalist Society’s 2005 Annual Student Symposium at Harvard Law School. (“2005 Annual Student Symposium – ‘Law And Freedom,’” The Federalist Society Website, 2/25/2005)

Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch:  On November 16, 2017 in Washington, DC, Justice Gorsuch addressed a Federalist Society dinner. (Politico, 11/16/2017)



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