ON-Lion Letter
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., delivered the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research's 2010 Wriston Lecture in October.  During his remarks, "Let Judges Be Judges," Alito warned Americans of grave dangers to constitutional governance, including from the nation's law schools.

Alito said that some of the nation's most-prestigious law schools are now dominated by "judicial theorists" who oppose judges applying the laws and the Constitution as written.  Judges "have no warrant to pursue a reform agenda that is not grounded in the Constitution, and they should not aim to be theorists or crowd-pleasers," he said.  "Let judges be judges, for if they are not our legal system as we know it will fade away."

"It's critical for alternative voices to be heard in the law schools," Alito said during the question-and-answer period. "The Federalist Society does a fantastic job of providing an alternative voice in law schools."

The full evening's proceedings are viewable online.

The lecture series is held in honor of Walter B. Wriston -- who was a banker, author, government advisor, and member of the Manhattan Institute's Board of Trustees.  Its honorees are drawn from the worlds of government, the academy, religion, business, and the arts.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports the Manhattan Institute.  Bradley also substantially supports The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies.
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