Daniel Cotter, Professor and Author of The Chief Justices

We’re familiar with the cases they penned. How much do we know, however, about the Chief Justices themselves? There was a good deal of enmity between cousins John Marshall and Thomas Jefferson. Before his Senate Confirmation to the Court in 1836, Roger Taney had been rejected as President Jackson’s nominee for Secretary of the Treasury due, in part, to his views on slavery. Charles Evans Hughes resigned as an associate justice of the court to run against Woodrow Wilson, and then was nominated to take the center chair by President Hoover. Earl Warren, whose father was murdered in 1938, was a law and order attorney general and then governor before leading one of the most progressive periods in the Court’s history. Daniel Cotter breathes life into landmark cases by telling the stories of the 17 men that have taken the title of Chief Justice, from John Jay to John Roberts.

Daniel Cotter is a Chicago lawyer practicing corporate, transactional, privacy, and insurance regulatory law. He is past president of the Chicago Bar Association and adjunct professor at the John Marshall Law School, where he teaches the course SCOTUS Judicial Biography. He is a frequent writer about the Constitution, our nation’s founding, and the Supreme Court. His first book, The Chief Justices, was published last year.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Union League Club
65 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604

11:30 a.m. Registration
12:00 p.m. Lunch and Program
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