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Members of Catholic University law school's Federalist Society
with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on October 14, 2010.

A Supreme Audience


More than a dozen members of Catholic University law school’s Federalist Society met with United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas on Oct. 14, 2010.
Despite the recent commencement of a busy new session for the nation’s high court, Justice Thomas generously granted the students two hours of his time. He received his visitors in the Supreme Court's lawyers conference room, and during their talk, he commended the students on their willingness to question aspects of legal doctrine considered beyond debate by many in the legal profession.
Thomas emphasized the importance of considering a law school as a place where ideas are tested. He also shared advice about how to keep one's role in perspective while working in a profession that often allows, in his words, "the ego of its members to fill the high ceilings of these rooms."
Part of the wide-ranging discussion revolved around a proper understanding of the Constitution's "limited, enumerated powers," something that Thomas considers essential to any rational legal discussion. "When I came here, I swore I'd never sign on to any doctrines that didn't make any darn sense,” he said.
“Justice Thomas spoke very highly of CUA law school and his hope that these visits could recur,” said Will Haun, chapter president of CUA’s Federalist Society. “It was an honor to hear from such a personable, articulate defender of our Constitution and individual liberty.”