Type: Public event

Diversity of Thought and Respecting the Other Side of the Argument: Insights from the Office of the U.S. Solicitor General

Date & time

Oct 11, 2018, 1:00-3:00 pm EDT


Hutchins Hall 100, Honigman Auditorium
701 S State St. Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Free and open to the public. Reception to follow in the Lawyers Club Lounge.

For more information contact Jenny Rickard ([email protected]).

A star-studded group of former members of the U.S. Solicitor General’s Office will explore the possibility of drawing lessons from that institution for how to approach the hardest discussions on campus. The panel will draw on the framework, ethos, and practice of the Solicitor General’s office to explore insights on how students, faculty, and staff can approach controversial issues on campus—and in particular listening, analyzing, tackling, and responding to arguments on the other side. The panel will seek to offer meaningful reflections on the lifelong process of understanding and responding to deeply controversial arguments, even those that are—to some or many—odious.


Panelists will include:

Paul D. Clement
Partner, Kirkland & Ellis, and Distinguished Lecturer in Law, Georgetown University Law Center
Solicitor General, 2005-08
Acting Solicitor General, 2004-05
Principal Deputy Solicitor General, 2001-04

Charles Fried
Beneficial Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Solicitor General, 1985-89

Gregory G. Garre
Partner and Chair of the Supreme Court and Appellate Practice Group, Latham & Watkins
Solicitor General, 2008-09
Principal Deputy Solicitor General, 2005-08
Assistant to the Solicitor General, 2000-04

Ian H. Gershengorn
Partner and Chair of the Appellate and Supreme Court Practice Group, Jenner & Block
Acting Solicitor General, 2016-17
Principal Deputy Solicitor General, 2013-16

Nicole A. Saharsky
Partner and Co-Chair of the Appellate and Constitutional Law Practice Group, Gibson Dunn
Assistant to the Solicitor General, 2007-17

Moderated by Julian Davis Mortenson, Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School