Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Thomas G. Saylor
, an adjunct professor at Widener Law’s Harrisburg campus and the Jurist in Residence, gave a one-hour lecture on “The Nature of Judging” on Monday, November 9 on the Harrisburg Campus to students, faculty and local attorneys. Local attorneys received continuing legal education credit for attending the event.
Justice Saylor started his lecture explaining historical theories, including everything from structuring the law into a scientific form to Columbia Law School’s initial legal realism theory to prudential realism. His main focus was that the craft is learned through experience and cannot be reduced to a cold set of rules.
Justice Saylor furthered his explanation, focusing on Brown v. Board of Education and the reasoning behind that unprecedented decision. Justice Saylor entertained questions and comments from the audience following his remarks. A reception followed the event as well.
A graduate of the University of Virginia, Justice Saylor earned his J.D. from Columbia School of Law and an LL.M. from the University of Virginia School of Law. A member of the American Bar Association, the American Law Institute, the Appellate Judges Conference, the Cumberland County Bar Association, the Dauphin County Bar Association, and Widener Law’s Board of Overseers, Justice Saylor has been a Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court since 1998.