Security Measures for Justice Clarence Thomas Lecture

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will visit UT Knoxville this week to lecture and take in Saturday’s UT-Florida game.

His lecture will take place at 12:45 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17, in the Cox Auditorium in the Alumni Memorial Building.

The lecture is a ticketed event for the UT law community though some tickets were made available to the general campus public last week. The event will be unable to accommodate other UT faculty, staff, students or the general public.

Those attending the lecture need to be aware of security measures in place. The U.S. Marshals, who will be providing security for Justice Thomas during his visit to Knoxville, ask that anyone with a backpack, briefcase or large bag of any kind not be permitted to enter Cox Auditorium for Justice Thomas’ lecture. Attendees are asked to leave these items in their offices, dorms or vehicles.

For those unable to attend, the lecture will be webcast live and available in archive form.

“It’s just a wonderful opportunity to show off our tremendous law school and our incredible students to someone who is really important to our judicial system,” said Dean Doug Blaze.

After his lecture, Justice Thomas will judge the final round of the College of Law’s annual Advocates’ Prize moot court competition, when the final two pairs of students will argue an assigned case problem.

The last time UT’s College of Law hosted a Supreme Court justice was in 1990, when Justice Antonin Scalia visited Knoxville.

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