DISTINGUISHED VISITOR PROGRAM
its historic purpose
of promoting excellence in legal scholarship, The Order of
the Coif sponsors a program that enables chapters to bring distinguished members of the legal
profession to their campuses. Each year the Executive Committee will invite one or more
distinguished judges, academics, or practitioners to visit several law schools that have established
Coif chapters. The Distinguished Visitor spends two days at each of the institutions he or she
visits, participating in classroom lectures and seminars, meeting informally with faculty and student
groups, and giving one address open to the entire academic community. The purpose of the program
is to contribute to the intellectual life of the campus by fostering an exchange of ideas with individuals
whose experiences and ideas may be expected to stimulate discussion about important issues
confronting the legal profession.
The Distinguished Visitor Program replaced the Lecture Series in 2004.
Coif Distinguished Visitor 2014
The Executive Committee takes great pleasure
in announcing that that Professor Neal Katyal will
serve as the 2014 Coif Distinguished Visitor.
Katyal, the Paul Saunders Professor at Georgetown University, focuses
on Constitutional Law,
Criminal Law, and Intellectual Property. He has orally argued 18 cases before the Supreme Court of
the United States. Neal served as Acting Solicitor General of the United States, where he argued
several major Supreme Court cases involving a variety of issues, such as his successful defense of
the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, his victorious defense of former Attorney
General John Ashcroft for alleged abuses in the war on terror, his unanimous victory against 8 states
who sued the nation's leading power plants for contributing to global warming, and a variety of other
matters. He was also the only head of the Solicitor General's office to argue a case in the U.S. Court
of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, on the important question of whether certain aspects of the human
genome were patentable.
After graduating from Yale Law School, Neal clerked for The Honorable Guido Calabresi of the U.S.
Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit as well as for The Honorable Justice Stephen G. Breyer of the
U.S. Supreme Court. He also served in the Deputy Attorney General's Office at the Justice Department
as National Security Advisor and as Special Assistant to the Deputy Attorney General during 1998-
1999. Neal has published dozens of scholarly articles in law journals, as well as many op-ed articles
in such publications as the New York Times and the Washington Post, and has testified numerous
times before various committees of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.
is the recipient of the very highest award given to a civilian by the
U.S. Department of Justice, the
2011 Edmund Randolph Award. Additionally, he was named as One of the 40 Most Influential Lawyers
of the Last Decade Nationwide by National Law Journal (2010); One of the 90 Greatest Washington
Lawyers Over the Last 30 Years by Legal Times (2008). He also won the National Law Journal’s pro
bono award in 2004.
Any school with a chapter of
The Order of the Coif may host a distinguished visitor Priority
to those institutions that do not have extensive resources on which to draw for similar programs or that for
other reasons may have difficulty in doing so and which have not recently hosted a distinguished visitor.
OBLIGATION OF HOST SCHOOL
The national office of the Order
will provide an honorarium for the Coif Distinguished Visitor and will
for his or her transportation to the host school. The host school is responsible for the expense of his or her
meals, lodging, and local transportation. In addition, the host school undertakes to provide publicity for the
Visitor's lecture sufficient to bring it to the attention of all segments of the campus, the local professional
community, including bench, bar, and law students.
office of the Order issues invitations to the Distinguished Visitor and
about the visitors on this website.
APPLICATION PROCEDURES AND CRITERIA
1. The Distinguished
Visitors for the following academic year will be selected and chapters
notified during the summer.
to host a Coif Lecture should be submitted by October 15. The
national office, in
consultation with the Visitor, will then arrange a series of visits from among the schools that have
expressed an interest. Applicant schools should not communicate directly with the Distinguished Visitor.
Designated host schools will be notified of their selection in November.
3. Applications for designation
as host school for a Coif Distinguished Visitor must be in writing and
> Name(s) of proposed host school(s);Since the visits must be arranged for a time compatible with the Visitors other obligations, it is
> Proposed dates (see below);
> Statement of any special reasons this application should be granted (e.g., special
anniversary of the school, etc.)
Host School: _____________________________________________________________________APPLICATION TO HOST A
of Distinguished Visitor Sought: ________________________________________________
Proposed Dates (Include as many potential dates as possible for maximum flexibility)
Special Reason this Application Should Be Granted:
Statement: I am acquainted
with the obligations of a school undertaking the sponsorship
of an Order of the Coif Distinguished Visitor and state that the applicant school is willing and able to
discharge these obligations.
DEADLINE: October 15
RETURN TO: Laura N.
The Order of the Coif
University of North Carolina
Law Library, CB # 3385
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3385
OR ATTACH AS EMAIL MESSAGE: firstname.lastname@example.org
And forward Dean's
statement, signature and date by