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Of Courtiers and Princes Lunch & Learn

  • 19 May 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom Meeting


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Of Courtiers and Princes
A conversation with author Todd Peppers, Ph.D.
Roanoke College

Dr. Todd Peppers is the Henry H. and Trudye H. Fowler Professor of Public Affairs at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia.  Dr. Peppers; new book, Of Courtiers and Princes, is the fourth he has edited or co-edited on the relationship between judges and their clerks.  Drawing on contributions from former law clerks and judicial scholars, including an essay by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Of Courtiers and Princes examines the law clerk’s role in lower federal and state courts.  It provides an inside look at the professional and personal bonds that form between lower court judges and their law clerks. 

Dr. Peppers is a 1990 graduate of Washington and Lee University and a 1994 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law.  After law school, he clerked for United States District Judge Thomas M. Shanahan of the District of Nebraska and United States District Judge Glen E. Conrad of the Western District of Virginia.  In 2003, Dr. Peppers obtained his Ph.D. in political science from Emory University.  He joined the Department of Public Affairs at Roanoke College in 2002.  He also teaches as a Visiting Professor at the Washington and Lee University School of Law.  Since 2010, Dr. Peppers has served as the Coordinator of Roanoke College’s James C. and S. Maynard Turk Pre-Law Program.

Other books by Dr. Peppers on the subject of judges and their law clerks include Courtiers of the Marble Palace: The Rise And Influence of the Supreme Court Law Clerk (2006), In Chambers: Stories of Supreme Court Law Clerks and Their Justices (2012), and Of Courtiers and Kings: More Stories of Supreme Court Law Clerks and Their Justices (2015).

This event is fully virtual, via Zoom, and free to current and potential VADA members. 

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