Browning Lecture at UM to Feature Noted 6th Circuit Federal Judge

March 22, 2018

MISSOULA – The Montana Law Review will hold its 77th Annual James R. Browning Distinguished Lecture in Law at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in Alexander Blewett III School of Law Room 101 at the University of Montana.

The 2018 lecture will feature Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton of the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. Sutton will speak about “51 Imperfect Solutions: States and the Making of American Constitutional Law,” based upon his upcoming book of the same title. The event is free and open to the public or $25 for lawyers seeking CLE credit, pending application.

Sutton has served on the 6th Circuit since 2003. Before that, he was the State Solicitor of Ohio and a partner at Jones Day in Columbus. Sutton clerked for Supreme Court Justices Lewis Powell and Antonin Scalia.

Since 2002, the Browning Lecture has brought distinguished lawyers, scholars and judges from across the country to the Blewett School of Law in honor of the late James Browning. Browning was born in Belt and graduated from the UM School of Law in 1941. He served as a member of the inaugural editorial board for the Montana Law Review and in later years served as its editor-in-chief. Eventually he served as clerk of the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy appointed Judge Browning to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. He served for more than 50 years on the 9th Circuit and as chief judge from 1976 to 1988, where he became known for his leadership and modernization of the 9th Circuit. The 9th Circuit Courthouse in San Francisco bears Judge Browning’s name.

UM law students established the Montana Law Review in 1940, and it has become one of the most important resources of legal scholarship in Montana. The purpose of the Montana Law Review is to inform and influence in order to improve the creation, administration and practice of law in this state, the region and the nation.

For more information call Montana Law Review Managing Editor Tim Brothwell at 406-243-2023 or email


Contact: Tim Brothwell, UM Montana Law Review managing editor, 406-243-2023,