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Charles Evans Hughes          Lecture Series​

1950
Dean Roscoe Pound
1951
Hon. Bernard Shientag
1952
Hon. John T. Loughran
1954
Hon. Arthur T. Vanderbilt
1956
Hon. Harold Medina
1958
The Right Hon. Lord Nathan, T.D.
1960
Hon. John Clark Knox
1961
Prof. Paul A. Freund
1963
Hon. Henry J. Friendly
1964
Prof. Leon Lipson
1965
Dr. Russell D. Niles
1967
Hon. Charles S. Desmond
1968
Hon. J. Edward Lumbard
1969
Hon. Sheldon S. Cohen
1970
Whitney North Seymour
1971
Hon. Shirley M. Hufstedler
1972
Dean Robert B. McKay
1973
William T. Gossett
1974
Dean Michael I. Sovern
1975
Dean Joseph M. McLaughlin
1977
Dean Monrad G. Paulsen
1979
Dean Harry H. Wellington
1981
Hon. Lawrence H. Cooke
1982
Dean Albert J. Rosenthal
1983
Prof. Benno C. Schmidt Jr.
1984
Dean Patrick J. Rohan
1985
Dean Norman Redlich
1986
Hon. Frederick A.O.Schwarz Jr.
1987
Hon. Andrew J. Maloney
1988
Dean Monroe E. Price
1989
Dean John E. Sexton
1990
Dean John D. Feerick
1991
Prof. Curtis Berger
1992
Dean Lance Liebman
1993
Dean Harry H. Wellington
1994
Hon. Jack B. Weinstein
1995
Dean Joan G. Wexler
1996
Dean Rudolph C. Hasl
1997
Dean David W. Leebron
1998
Hon. Joseph M. McLaughlin
1999
Dean Kristin Booth Glen
2000
Hon. Seth Waxman
2003
Hon. John S. Martin
2005
Robert MacCrate
2007
Kenneth C. Frazier
2008
Hon. José A. Cabranes
2010
Preet Bharara
2011
Hon. Denny Chin
2012
Hon. Judith S. Kaye
2013
James R. Silkenat

The 50th Annual
Charles Evans Hughes
Memorial Lecture

Charles Evans Hughes
Memorial Lecture History
On Nov. 8, 1948, the Board of Directors of the New York Country Lawyers' Association (NYCLA) established the Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Lecture. Hughes Hubbard assumed sponsorship of the lecture series in 2007.

The Series was instituted by NYCLA to honor Justice Hughes for his "devotion to the betterment of the law and the maintenance of its supremacy," and "for his service as President of our Association where he endeared himself to us by his fine qualities of mind and heart, and as an inspiration to the members of our profession whose high ideals and noble traditions he upheld and strengthened throughout his long and distinguished career."

Few lawyers in the first half of the 20th century had a more distinguished career or a greater impact on the evolution of law and public policy. Charles Evans Hughes's service as Governor of New York State, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, presidential candidate, Secretary of State, Judge of the Permanent Court of International Justice and Chief Justice of the United States reflected a lifelong dedication to the legal profession. Justice Hughes served as NYCLA's eighth president from 1919-1921, leaving to serve as United States Secretary of State upon his appointment by President Warren G. Harding. In 1930, Justice Hughes received his appointment as Chief Justice from President Herbert Hoover.

Chief Justice Hughes was reluctantly unable to attend the dedication ceremonies on May 26, 1930 because the Supreme Court was in session, but sent a message that President William Nelson Cromwell read to the gathering. In that message the Chief Justice illuminated the highest aspirations of the organized bar and the legal profession;

"As books and office furniture do not make a lawyer, so a library and reception halls do not make a bar association. The significance of such an association is found not merely in a common technique, but in the reinforcement of the standards of sound learning, loyalty to the law and fidelity to trust, and the readiness for expert public service, which have given a peculiar dignity to the profession of the law."

For more than half a century, the men and women who have delivered the Charles Evans Hughes Lecture have embodied those aspirations.

Hughes Hubbard & Reed gratefully acknowledges the assistance of Rick Kopstein and the New York Law Journal for the use of their photos.

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