Farah Peterson Named Supreme Court Historical Society Trustee

47th Annual SCHS Meeting Summary

On Monday, June 6, 2022, the Society held its 47th consecutive Annual Meeting and its third consecutive Virtual Annual Meeting. The meeting was preceded by the Society’s Annual Lecture in which an engaging discussion titled: Who Decides? States as Laboratories for Constitutional Experimentation between Chief Judge Jeffrey Sutton, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and Justice Leondra Kruger of the California Supreme Court took place.

Following a presentation by Society President Chilton D. Varner where she highlighted the many accomplishments of another pandemic challenged year, the Society re-elected 33 Trustees to additional 3-year terms and elected 6 new Trustees to an initial 3-year term.


Farah Peterson – Legal historian who focuses on the early American republic. She is a Professor of Law at the University of Chicago School of Law. Her scholarship on statutory interpretation and constitutional law has appeared or is forthcoming in the Yale Law Journal, Columbia Law Review, Virginia Law Review, and elsewhere. Peterson is also an essayist. Her writing on race, art history, memoir, and American life has appeared in Ploughshares and American Scholar.

Peterson holds a PhD in American history from Princeton University. She earned her JD from Yale Law School and received her bachelor’s in history from Yale as well. After law school, Peterson clerked for Associate Justice Stephen Breyer on the US Supreme Court and Judge Guido Calabresi on the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

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