2011 Lewis F. Powell Jr. Lecture on the Good Lawyer

Lexington, VA Thursday, April 07, 2011


Robert A. Long
The Ninth Annual Lewis F. Powell Jr. Lecture will be delivered by Robert A. Long, a partner at Covington & Burling LLP and former law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell. Mr. Long's talk is titled "The Good Lawyer in the 21st Century."

The event is scheduled for Tuesday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m. in Lee Chapel on the campus of Washington and Lee University.  The event is free and open to the public.

Robert Long practices in the areas of appellate litigation, antitrust, and administrative law. He chairs Covington & Burling's Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Group. Mr. Long has argued 16 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and has played a substantial role in the briefing or oral argument of more than 100 cases in federal and state appellate courts. In addition to serving as a law clerk for Justice Powell, he was a law clerk to Judge John Minor Wisdom of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

From 1990 to 1993, he served as an Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States. He is recognized as a leading appellate lawyer in Best Lawyers in America (also listed for administrative law and commercial litigation), Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers, Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers, Washingtonian "Top Lawyers," and Washington, DC Super Lawyers. Mr. Long is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center.

The students at Washington and Lee University School of Law founded the Lewis Powell, Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series in 2002 in honor of Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr. '29A, '31L, who was appointed to the United States Supreme Court in 1972. Justice Powell's judicial legacy was defined by a respect for both sides in a dispute and a desire to craft judicial opinions that struck a middle ground. This student-run lecture series features nationally prominent speakers who embody this spirit in their life and work.

For more information, visit the Powell Lecture web site.

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