From John Jay to the Roberts Court
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Akhil Reed Amar
Thu, April 28th, 2016 | 6:30 pm
(Members $24)


On February 2, 1790, newly instated Chief Justice John Jay assembled his five Associate Justices in New York City for the inaugural meeting of the United States Supreme Court. In the generations that followed, the United States has had seventeen Chief Justices, all of whom presided over countless landmark cases which have shaped American legal history. Preeminent legal scholar Akhil Reed Amar uncovers the fascinating story of our Nation’s highest court.

Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, is the author of The Law of the Land: A Grand Tour of Our Constitutional Republic.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


By phone: Please contact New-York Historical’s in-house call center at (212) 485-9268. Call center is open 9 am–5 pm daily.
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Advance purchase is required to guarantee seating. All sales are final and payments cannot be refunded. No exchanges are permitted. Programs and dates may be subject to change. Management reserves the right to refuse admission to latecomers.


Pre-order your ticket for this public program and for an extra $10 enjoy a glass of wine at Caffè Storico while a priority seat is reserved for you in the auditorium. Select the “package ticket” option online and stop by Caffè Storico prior to the event.

Note: Ticket order must be made at least one day prior to event. Pre-ordered drink must be redeemed before program begins. Priority seats will open to general public ten minutes before program start time. A full bar selection is also available; beverages exceeding $10 will be charged the à la carte menu price difference at time of redemption. Limited availability.

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