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Judge Michael McConnell Leaving The Bench

Publication Date: 
May 05, 2009
The Blog of Legal Times
Tony Mauro

The Blog of Legal Times reports that 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Michael McConnell is leaving the bench to assume a position at Stanford Law School. Dean Larry Kramer is quoted and Professor and former Dean Kathleen M. Sullivan, founder of the Constitutional Law Center, is referenced:

Michael McConnell, one of the most influential federal appeals court judges in the nation, is stepping down from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. He'll become director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School, according to concurrent announcements from the court and from Stanford (not yet online.)


Stanford Law School Dean Larry Kramer commented, “Michael McConnell is one of the nation’s most accomplished scholars. “During the past two decades, he has been the preeminent legal scholar writing about the religion clauses of the United States Constitution, not to mention a leading authority on separation of powers, federalism, originalism, and any number of other subjects in constitutional law. We are thrilled and honored to have him join our faculty.”

Former Stanford dean Kathleen Sullivan founded its constitutional law center and will continue her work with the institute that McConnell will head. In the Stanford release, Sullivan said McConnell's move is "an academic coup of the first order."