The President and the Courts in National Security Cases

Category: Lectures & Discussions

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017


3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


McQuade Auditorium, University of Toledo College of Law
1825 West Rocket Drive
Toledo, OH 43606

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On October 10, former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal will seek to convince the U.S. Supreme Court that President Trump’s executive order banning travelers from six Muslim countries from entering the United States is unconstitutional. The following day, Neal will be traveling to Toledo to deliver the 17th Annual Maryse and Ramzy Mikhail Memorial Lecture at The University of Toledo. We hope you will be able to join us at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 11 in the McQuade Auditorium at The University of Toledo College of Law for this historic discussion of the travel ban case by one of the nation’s leading Supreme Court advocates. The event is free and open to the public - please share widely!

For nearly two decades, Neal has been a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he was one of the youngest professors to have received tenure and a chaired professorship in the university’s history. Currently, he is the Paul and Patricia Saunders Professor of National Security Law and Director of Georgetown’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection. Neal is also a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Hogan Lovells, where his practice focuses on appellate and complex litigation. Previously, he served as Deputy Solicitor General of the United States, as well as Acting Solicitor General. While teaching at Georgetown, Neal won Hamdan v. Rumsfeld in the Supreme Court, a case that challenged the policy of military trials at Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, Cuba. The Supreme Court sided with him by a 5-3 vote, finding that President Bush's tribunals violated the constitutional separation of powers, domestic military law, and international law. As former Solicitor General and Duke Law Professor Walter Dellinger put it, “Hamdan is simply the most important decision on presidential power and the rule of law ever. Ever.”

All told, Neal has argued 34 cases before the Supreme Court, with 32 of them coming in the last eight years. In the 2016-17 Term alone, he argued seven cases at the Supreme Court, more than any other advocate in the nation. At the age of 47, he has already argued more Supreme Court cases in American history than any other minority attorney, with the exception of Thurgood Marshall (with whom Neal is currently tied).

The Ramzy and Maryse Mikhail Endowment Fund was originally established by a donation from the Mikhail family to honor Maryse Mikhail and her work on behalf of educational, philanthropic and interfaith organizations. The main purpose of the fund is to support an annual lecture dealing with Arab culture, history, politics, economics, and other aspects of life in the Middle East, including issues of peace and justice. Previous speakers in this lecture series have included Noam Chomsky, David Cole, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Marcy Kaptur, among many others. We are confident that Neal will continue this tradition of excellence, and we are excited to have the opportunity to hear him speak on “The President and the Courts in National Security Cases” at such a pivotal time in our history.

Whether or not you are able to join us, we hope you will consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the fund to help ensure the continuation of the lecture series for many years to come. Checks should be made payable to the UT Foundation with a notation of “Maryse and Ramzy Mikhail Endowment Fund” (#1301-005) and sent to The University of Toledo Foundation, P.O. Box 586, Toledo, OH, 43607-0586. Secure online gifts may be made at Please be sure to designate fund # 1301-005. More information can be found at Finally, the Lecture Committee would appreciate receiving the email address of anyone who may be interested in receiving notices of future lectures, which can be sent to [email protected]

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