The Tom Johnson Lectureship presents Justice Neil Gorsuch

LBJ Foundation | Sep, 19 2019 6:00PM - 7:30PM

Neil Gorsuch. LBJ Library photo by Jay Godwin, LB1_9645

On Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, Justice Neil Gorsuch served as the LBJ Foundation's Tom Johnson Lecturer. In conversation with LBJ Foundation President and CEO Mark K. Updegrove, Gorsuch spoke about his new book, A Republic, If You Can Keep It.

Neil M. Gorsuch is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. A Colorado native, he served as a Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, which is based in Colorado and hears appeals from six western states, before his appointment to the Supreme Court in April 2017. He has also worked as a senior official at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he helped oversee its civil litigating divisions; as a partner at a law firm; as a law professor; and as a law clerk for Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy.

About the Book

In his new release, A Republic, If You Can Keep It, Justice Neil Gorsuch reflects on his journey to the Supreme Court, the role of the judge under our Constitution, and the vital responsibility of each American to keep our republic strong.

As Benjamin Franklin left the Constitutional Convention, he was reportedly asked what kind of government the founders would propose. He replied, "A republic, if you can keep it." In this book, Justice Neil Gorsuch shares personal reflections, speeches, and essays that focus on the remarkable gift the framers left us in the Constitution.

He also reveals some of the events that have shaped his life and outlook, from his upbringing in Colorado to his Supreme Court confirmation process. And he emphasizes the pivotal roles of civic education, civil discourse, and mutual respect in maintaining a healthy republic.

About the Lecture

The Tom Johnson Lectureship was established in 2010 in recognition of and appreciation for Mr. Tom Johnson's 30 years of distinguished service as chairman of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation Board of Trustees. Mr. Johnson served as executive assistant to President Johnson and, later, as president and then chairman of CNN. The lectures made possible by the Tom Johnson Lectureship are open to the student body of The University of Texas at Austin and the general public free of charge. Recent lecturers have included baseball great Hank Aaron, civil rights leader Andrew Young, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and former Vice President Joe Biden.


(L-R) Mark K. Updegrove and Justice Neil Gorsuch. LBJ Library photo by Jay Godwin #LB2_1963.
(L-R) Mark Updegrove and Justice Neil Gorsuch. LBJ Library photo by Jay Godwin #AYG6415.
LBJ Foundation Chairman Emeritus Tom Johnson acknowledges an appreciative audience. LBJ Library photo by Jay Godwin #LB2_1901.


On Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch spoke at the LBJ Presidential Library as the sixth annual Tom Johnson lecturer. LBJ Foundation President and CEO Mark K. Updegrove moderated the program.

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