Scholar Sessions: Michael Kahn and Thurgood Marshall, Jr.

About this Event

Join President Lincoln’s Cottage for our virtual, members-only event, “Scholar Sessions.” In this private event, hosted via Zoom, President Lincoln’s Cottage members will learn directly from a scholar and then have an opportunity for a one-on-one Q&A. Click here to become a member, then email to register for the event.

In our next Scholar Session, join Michael Kahn and Thurgood Marshall, Jr. as they discuss Abraham Lincoln’s election year Supreme Court nomination. This conversation is a follow-up to Kahn’s article “Abraham Lincoln’s Appointments to the Supreme Court: A Master Politician at his Craft,” which was originally published in the Journal of Supreme Court History, 1997, Vol. II, an excerpt of which can be found here.

Program Logistics

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Scholar Bios 

Mr. Michael Kahn has studied, lectured and written about appointments to the Supreme Court for four decades.  Over that period of time whenever appointment controversies have arisen he has been sought after as an expert from radio, television and print media.  His scholarly article on Lincoln’s appointments to the Supreme Court has once again drawn his views into the public domain during the current appointment and confirmation debate.  Mr. Kahn lives in San Francisco where he is a practicing attorney and an active participant in numerous public and private charitable and business activities.    

Mr. Thurgood Marshall Jr. works at the intersection of law, business, politics and policy.  He has practiced law, held senior government appointments, and he serves on an array of corporate and non-profit boards.  During nearly two decades as an international law firm partner, Thurgood represented witnesses and companies involved in congressional investigations and he counseled clients engaged in public policy. Thurgood served in each branch of the federal government. He began his legal career as a law clerk to US District Judge Barrington D. Parker of the US District Court for the District of Columbia and he practiced corporate law before working on Capitol Hill.  



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