It is a very great pleasure and honor to be here with you all back at William and Mary. It's a special treat to follow Senator Whitehouse-also a challenge, given his extraordinary performance. Dean Douglas, it's always great to see you again, and also a special thanks to Neal Devins for helping to make this possible. I guess I can't help saying one other thing. As I walked into this building, and I noticed the statue of George Wythe, teacher, known by, among other things, his extraordinary students: Thomas Jefferson, John Marshall, Henry Clay. Did I mention James Monroe? There are others. And as I look out in the audience and survey the schedule, I can't help notice that I, too, have been blessed over the years with extraordinary students, two of whom you will be hearing from over the course of this event. So I love the idea of a law school named for a teacher, celebrating a teacher, and a teacher in part known for his students. So thank you so much for inviting me back here. At an event designed to encourage thought and discussion about the jury-the civil jury, as a political institution-I would like us to remember that the civil jury is a part of a larger jury family, a family of political institutions. So what I'm going to talk about today is what lessons we might learn if we think about the jury family.
Date of Authorship for this Version
Amar, Akhil, "Opening Remarks" (2014). Faculty Scholarship Series. 5125.