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Christopher Yoo offers his thoughts on Justice Kennedy’s retirement

June 28, 2018

On June 27, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced he will retire from the Supreme Court, effective July 31. Christopher Yoo, who clerked forJustice Anthony Kennedy, remarks on the Supreme Court Justice’s announcement.


“Justice Kennedy retirement marks the end of an era. Studies reveal that he was unquestionably the most influential jurist of his era. In addition, he brought a unique breadth of experience to the bench that spanned trying criminal cases when defense counsel were appointed out of the private bar, incorporating companies, writing wills, serving as counsel for a statewide referendum, and helping to establish innovative maquiladora factories in free-trade zones in Mexico.  He understood how important seemingly mundane cases about commercial law and evidence were to people’s lives even though those cases would never crack the headlines.  He was also an unfailingly decent and kind person. He was truly a lawyer and jurist for the ages.”

-Christopher Yoo, John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science; Director, Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition