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Former Acting U.S. Solicitor General Neal Katyal to speak at Toledo Law Oct. 11

October 2, 2017

Neal KatyalNeal Katyal, former acting U.S. solicitor general and the lead attorney representing Hawaii in State of Hawaii, et al v. Trump, the travel ban case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court, will deliver the 17th Annual Maryse and Ramzy Mikhail Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 1:30 p.m. in the McQuade Law Auditorium at The University of Toledo College of Law.

The free, public lecture titled “The President and the Courts in National Security Cases” is presented by the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Law with WGTE as a media sponsor.

State of Hawaii v. Trump is a challenge to President Trump’s March executive order banning travelers from six Muslim countries from entering the United States. The case has made national headlines since it was filed last spring. Katyal, who has argued 34 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, with 32 of them coming in the last eight years, will discuss the travel ban case and his experience as a leading advocate in the nation’s highest court. 

In the 2016-17 term alone, Neal Katyal argued seven cases at the Supreme Court, more than any other advocate in the nation. At the age of 47, he has already argued more Supreme Court cases in American history than any other minority attorney, with the exception of Thurgood Marshall, with whom Katyal is currently tied.

Katyal is the Paul and Patricia Saunders Professor of National Security Law and Director of Georgetown’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection at Georgetown University Law Center. He is also a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Hogan Lovells.

While teaching at Georgetown, Katyal won Hamdan v. Rumsfeld in the Supreme Court, a case that challenged the policy of military trials at Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, Cuba. The Supreme Court sided with him by a 5-3 vote, finding that President Bush’s tribunals violated the constitutional separation of powers, domestic military law, and international law. As former Solicitor General and Duke Law Professor Walter Dellinger put it, “Hamdan is simply the most important decision on presidential power and the rule of law ever. Ever.”

Katyal also served as Vice President Al Gore's co-counsel in the Supreme Court election dispute of 2000, and represented the deans of most major private law schools in the landmark University of Michigan affirmative-action case Grutter v. Bollinger (2003).

His accolades are many.He is the recipient of the Edmund Randolph Award, the highest award the U.S. Justice Department can give to a civilian. This SeptemberPOLITICO Magazine named Katyal to its annual “Politico 50” list of the key thinkers, doers, and visionaries who are reshaping American politics and policy.

Katyal clerked for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer as well as Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals. He attended Dartmouth College and Yale Law School. His articles have appeared in virtually every major law review and newspaper in America.

Maryse and Ramzy Mikhail Memorial Lecture

The free, public lecture is presented in the Maryse and Ramzy Mikhail Memorial Lecture Series, an annual event made possible through the Maryse and Ramzy Mikhail Endowment Fund at The University of Toledo, established in 2000 by the Mikhail family.

The purpose of the fund is to support an annual lecture dealing with “Arab culture, literature, history, politics, economics or other broadly defined aspects of life in the countries of the Middle East, including issues of peace and justice.”  


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