In 2008 OCU LAW partnered with Oklahoma City firm McAfee & Taft to create the McAfee & Taft Jurist-in-Residence program, which brings respected members of the bench to the OCU LAW campus to meet with students, faculty and members of the Oklahoma City legal community in a unique educational opportunity. The third annual McAfee & Taft Jurist-in-Residence will be Judge Neil M. Gorsuch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, who will visit OCU LAW February 9-11, 2010. Judge Gorsuch will appear as a special speaker in OCU LAW classes, meet with students and faculty, and deliver a public lecture at 5 p.m. Wednesday, February 10 in the Homsey Family Moot Courtroom.
Judge Gorsuch was nominated to the Tenth Circuit court by President George W. Bush and confirmed by unanimous voice vote in July 2006. He holds a doctorate in legal philosophy from Oxford University, where he studied as a Marshall scholar; a law degree from Harvard, where he studied as a Harry S. Truman scholar; and an undergraduate degree from Columbia University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He began his career as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justices Byron R. White and Anthony M. Kennedy, and to Judge David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He was a partner at the law firm of Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, specializing in complex litigation. His matters ranged from antitrust to securities fraud, fiduciary duty to telecommunications. He represented plaintiffs and defendants, and his clients included individuals, non-profits, class actions, small companies and Fortune 500 firms.
Prior to his judicial appointment, Judge Gorsuch served at the U.S. Department of Justice as Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General. There, he helped oversee the Department’s five civil litigating divisions – the Civil, Antitrust, Civil Rights, Environment, and Tax Divisions – together with eight other operating components.
Judge Gorsuch is the recipient of the Edward J. Randolph Award for outstanding service to the Department of Justice, and the Harry S. Truman Foundation’s Stevens Award for outstanding public service in the field of law. He has written on variety of contemporary legal problems, and his work has appeared in various scholarly journals and popular publications. His book, The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia, was published by Princeton University Press in 2006; a paperback edition was released in 2009.
Judge Gorsuch is an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado Law School. He serves on the Tenth Circuit Judicial Council and the Executive Committee of the Federal Judges Association. He is active in the American Inns of Court, the American Bar Association, as well as the Council on Foreign Relations. He and his wife Louise and their two daughters live in Boulder, Colo.