CRC to Host Chief Judge Sutton for Public Keynote 

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Chief Judge Sutton

On Friday, March 17, the Center for Responsible Citizenship (CRC) will host Chief Judge Jeffery Sutton to speak at Lee University on “Local Solutions to the Court’s Deepest Questions.”  

Judge Sutton serves as the chief circuit judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He is the author of several recent books on federalism, including “Who Decides?: States as Laboratories of Constitutional Experimentation” and “51 Imperfect Solutions: States And The Making of American Constitutional Law.” 

Sutton’s lecture will consider the role of states and local government in the federal structure, highlighting the importance of decentralizing many of the legal and moral questions faced in American courts today. This offering continues the CRC’s 2022-2023 theme of “Institutions & Inheritance,” considering the place of political institutions in conserving tradition while orienting a community’s growth and development. 

Sutton’s lecture is open to the public and members of the Cleveland community are encouraged to attend. His lecture will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Humanities Building Lecture Hall (Room 104) on Lee’s campus.    

“We are privileged to have Chief Judge Sutton join us at Lee University,” said Dr. Mark Scully, assistant professor of political science. “Aside from his important work on the bench, Sutton’s scholarly contributions enrich our understanding of public law, especially the important opportunities that state and local governments provide for beneficial legal and political diversity, practical political experimentation, and individual liberty. My students that read ‘51 Imperfect Solutions’ gained a nuanced understanding of the rich political and legal possibilities that our federal legal system creates, possibilities which have yet to break through legal and political academia.” 

Lee’s Center for Responsible Citizenship hosts interdisciplinary reading groups, lectures, workshops, and symposia to cultivate conversation about what the elements of a healthy community really are. “These conversations are essential in a time where political life is so frequently lacking patience, deliberation, and charity.” said Dr. Thomas Pope, professor of political science and CRC director. “The CRC recasts political life as a framework of dialogue, mores, and institutions that help us understand what it means to pursue the good life, together.” 

For more information about the Center for Responsible Citizenship, or to learn how you can support its programming, please email

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