“The Pennsylvania Supreme Court at 300: Past, Present, and Future”
To celebrate its 300th anniversary, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court hosted “The Pennsylvania Supreme Court at 300: Past, Present, and Future,” a symposium honoring the court’s history and accomplishments and how it paved the way for national courts.
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania was established nearly 70 years before the Supreme Court of the United States and has served as a model for federal appellate courts.
Opening the symposium, Max Baer of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania remarked, “The history of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania is etched into the fabric of not only our state, but our nation. The impact of decisions made by the jurists of this Court for three centuries have advanced our democracy and impacted the lives of people in every corner of the state and helped pave the way for the state of right in Pennsylvania and the nation.
The full list of ALI members who participated is listed below:
- Max Baer of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
- Donald W. Beatty of the South Carolina Supreme Court
- Charles L. Becker of Kline & Specter
- Steven L. Chanenson of Charles Widger Law School at Villanova University
- John C. Dernbach of Widener University Commonwealth Law School
- JoAnne A. Epps of Temple University Beasley Law School
- Pamela S. Karlan of Stanford Law School
- Anthony M. Kennedy of the United States Supreme Court
- Cheryl A. Krause of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- Seth F. Kreimer of the Carey Law School at the University of Pennsylvania
- Maureen O’Connor of the Supreme Court of Ohio
- Thomas G. Saylor of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
- D. Brooks Smith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- Paul A. Suttell of the Rhode Island Supreme Court
- Debra McCloskey Todd of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
- David N. Wecht of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
- Amy J. Wildermuth of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law
The symposium took place over two days at the National Constitutional Center in Philadelphia. The full agenda is available at www.pacourts.us.