Students and faculty crowded into the rotunda at the UNC School of Law in Van Hecke-Wettach Hall on Wednesday to listen to lawyer and Supreme Court practitioner Tom Goldstein give his thoughts on the direction of the Supreme Court.
Goldstein spoke as the distinguished speaker for this year’s Murphy Lecture Series, an annual lecture hosted by the UNC School of Law dedicated to drawing prominent political and legal figures to campus. Goldstein has been named one of the Nation’s 40 Most Influential Lawyers of the Decade by the National Law Journal in 2010 and has been previously named by GQ as one of the 50 most powerful people in Washington, D.C.
Dean of the UNC School of Law Martin Brinkley singled out Goldstein’s commitment to diversity to be among his greatest characteristics.
“Perhaps more than any other advocate in practice, Tom represents the complete spectrum of litigates before the court,” Brinkley said. “His work is not associated with any particular perspective or ideology.”
Goldstein is also the publisher and co-founder of SCOTUSblog, a website devoted to covering the Supreme Court. SCOTUSblog is the only blog to ever receive the Peabody Award, an award designed to reward outstanding work in electronic media.