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U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy speaks to students at Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 2012. Kennedy, who has taught at McGeorge since 1965, on Wednesday announced his retirement from the Supreme Court.

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy speaks to students at Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 2012. Kennedy, who has taught at McGeorge since 1965, on Wednesday announced his retirement from the Supreme Court.

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Justice Kennedy announces retirement from bench

Jun 27, 2018

Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who has taught at Pacific McGeorge School of Law since 1965, on Wednesday announced his retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court.

"We are very proud of his very long and prominent association with McGeorge School of Law," said Pacific President Pamela A. Eibeck. "He has solidified his legacy as a jurist, legal educator and friend to McGeorge, and we are grateful for his leadership and support of our law school."

Kennedy again this year will lead McGeorge's summer program in Salzburg, Austria, which runs July 1-20. He will retire from the bench on July 31.

"Justice Kennedy is a great and humble man, the smartest person I know, and a towering figure as a jurist," said Michael Hunter Schwartz, McGeorge's dean. "Getting to know him has been the highlight of my many great experiences as the dean. Our students have benefited from having him as a professor for nearly five decades. He has expanded their perspectives and has greatly influenced how they view the world and legal practice."

Kennedy taught constitutional law at McGeorge for more than 20 years before his appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. Since his Supreme Court appointment, he has taught a course in fundamental rights in Europe and the United States to students attending McGeorge's summer institute.

He was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 after having served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which covers cases from the western United States, Guam and Northern Mariana Islands, since 1975. Prior to his elevation to the bench, he practiced law in Sacramento and began teaching constitutional law at McGeorge in 1965.

Kennedy is from Sacramento and has strong connections to Northern California. The Anthony M. Kennedy American Inn of Court, which promotes excellence in the legal profession, with special emphasis on ethics, civility and professionalism, was established in 1988 by then Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Kennedy, U.S. District Court Judge Milton L. Schwartz, and former McGeorge Dean Gordon D. Schaber. The Kennedy Inn was founded to offer a forum where younger and seasoned attorneys or judges could meet to discuss ethical issues relating to the practice of law.

The Justice Anthony M. Kennedy Library and Learning Center, an educational hub promoting public understanding of the judicial process, opened in 2013 and is co-located with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Branch Library in the Robert T. Matsui U.S. Courthouse in Sacramento.

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