Judge J. Michael Luttig: Democracy in peril

Michael Luttig testifying to Jan. 6 committee

Judge Michael Luttig testifying before the House Select Committee on June 16, 2022

Henry J. Abraham Distinguished Lecture

Judge J. Michael Luttig: Democracy in peril

J. Michael Luttig, Barbara Perry

Tuesday, May 16, 2023
11:00AM - 12:00PM (EDT)
Event Details

The 23rd annual Henry J. Abraham Distinguished Lectureship features Judge J. Michael Luttig, who served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and testified before the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol.

The Abraham Distinguished Lecture honors renowned constitutional law scholar Henry J. Abraham (1921–2020), who was James Hart Professor of Government, Emeritus, at the University of Virginia.

The annual Henry J. Abraham Distinguished Lecture was established in 1999 by his students, colleagues, family, and friends to honor him. Abraham was the James Hart Professor of Government Emeritus, and was among the most renowned constitutional scholars in the field of political science. His life story of escaping the Nazis in 1937 at the age of 15, serving as a U.S. Army interpreter during WWII, and then devoting his life to the U.S. Constitution is as compelling as it is poignant. Previous lecturers have included Chief Justice William Rehnquist, Justice Antonin Scalia, Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III, John Jeffries, Ted Olson, William Suter, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Nadine Strossen, Thomas Pickering, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Tinsley Yarbrough, Kenneth Feinberg, and journalists Linda Greenhouse, Joan Biskupic, Jan Crawford, Marcia Coyle, and Evan Thomas.

Tuesday, May 16, 2023
11:00AM - 12:00PM (EDT)
The Miller Center
2201 Old Ivy Rd
Charlottesville, VA
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J. Michael Luttig

J. Michael Luttig served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit from 1991 to 2006. He is currently counselor and special advisor to the Coca-Cola Company and its board of directors. Prior to joining the Coca-Cola Company, Luttig was counselor and senior advisor to the Boeing Company CEO and board of directors. He was executive vice president and general counsel of Boeing from 2006 to 2020. Before he was appointed to the federal bench by President George H.W. Bush, he served as assistant attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice and counselor to the attorney general of the United States. He was assistant counsel to the president at the White House from 1981 to 1982 under President Ronald Reagan. From 1982 to 1983, he was a law clerk to then-Judge Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. From 1983 to 1985, he served as a law clerk and then special assistant to the chief justice of the United States. Luttig earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington and Lee University and his law degree from the University of Virginia.

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Barbara Perry

Barbara A. Perry is the Gerald L. Baliles Professor and director of Presidential Studies at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, where she co-directs the Presidential Oral History Program. She has authored or edited 16 books on presidents, First Ladies, the Kennedy family, the Supreme Court, and civil rights and civil liberties. Perry has conducted more than 120 interviews for the George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama Presidential Oral History Projects; participated in the Bill Clinton interviews; directed the Edward Kennedy Oral History Project; and co-directs the Hillary Rodham Clinton Oral History Project. She served as a U.S. Supreme Court fellow and has worked for both Republican and Democratic members of the Senate.

Luttig remarks as prepared