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2019 Distinguished Higgins Visitor Donald Ayer: The Subversive Side of Textualism and Original Intent

Date: 5:30pm PDT March 11 Location: Law Campus

  • Donald Ayer
    Donald Ayer

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About the Higgins Distinguished Visitor

The Higgins Distinguished Visitor is endowed by a grant from the Lorene Sails Higgins Charitable Trust. The program was designed to provide an opportunity for Lewis & Clark faculty and students and the Portland community to learn from and interact with leading legal scholars from around the world. 

About the Speaker

A graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School, Ayer served as a law clerk to then-Justice William Rehnquist. An outspoken commentator, Ayer has been critical of President (and candidate) Donald Trump and then-FBI Director James Comey. Ayer, a widely respected appellate advocate, has served as President of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and teaches Supreme Court Advocacy at Georgetown University Law Center and Duke University Law School.

Donald Ayer has had a distinguished career in government and private practice. He served as Deputy Attorney General (the number two position) in the Justice Department during the H.W. Bush Administration. During the Reagan Administration, he served as the Principal Deputy Solicitor General, a position that enabled him to appear regularly before the U.S. Supreme Court in some of the nation’s most important cases. He also served as the United States Attorney in Sacramento. In addition, he was a partner at Jones Day for almost three decades.


Limited parking will be available on campus. 

The dress code is business casual/business standard.

This program has applied for one General MCLE Credit through the Oregon State Bar.


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For more information, please contact Kerry Rowand at 503-768-6912 or 

Event Cost

This event is free and open to the public.

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