Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas will give the next lecture in SMU’s 2009-10 Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series at 8 p.m. Sept. 30 in McFarlin Auditorium.
In 1990, Justice Thomas became a Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He took his seat on the Supreme Court in 1991 after his nomination by President George H.W. Bush. He was admitted to law practice in Missouri in 1974, and served as an Assistant Attorney General of Missouri from 1974-77. Following that, he was an attorney with the Monsanto Company from 1977-1979 and Legislative Assistant to Senator John Danforth from 1979-81.
From 1981-82, Justice Thomas served as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education. From 1982-90, he was Chairman of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
He received an A.B. cum laude from Holy Cross College and his J.D. degree from Yale Law School in 1974. In addition, Justice Thomas is the bestselling author of My Grandfather’s Son: A Memoir, published in 2007 by Harper.
The evening lecture is sold out. Justice Thomas will answer questions from SMU community members and local high school students in the Turner Construction Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom.