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Judge, United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

Lloyd Cutler Distinguished Visitor - Class of Fall 2020

Jeffrey S. Sutton has served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit since 2003. Prior, he was the state solicitor of Ohio and a partner at Jones Day in Columbus. Sutton has argued 12 cases in the United States Supreme Court and numerous cases in the state supreme courts and federal courts of appeal. He served as a law clerk to Justices Lewis F. Powell, Jr. (Ret.) and Antonin Scalia, as well as Judge Thomas Meskill of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Appointed by Chief Supreme Court Justice John Roberts as chair of the Federal Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, from 2012 to 2016, he has also served on the Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules.


Sutton is the author of 51 Imperfect Solutions: States and the Making of American Constitutional Law (Oxford University Press, 2018), co-editor of The Essential Scalia: On the Constitution, the Courts, and the Rule of Law (Crown, 2020), and co-author of the casebook State Constitutional Law: The Modern Experience (West Academic Publishing, 2010) and The Law of Judicial Precedent (Thomson West, 2016).

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