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Kennedy Keynotes Conference Retired Supreme Court Justice Recalls Churchill’s Legacy

Recently retired Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court Anthony M. Kennedy received a standing ovation following his keynote address to the 35th International Churchill Conference in historic Colonial Williamsburg. Speaking to an audience that included several members of the Churchill family, Justice Kennedy compared the constitutions of the United Kingdom and the United States and analyzed Winston Churchill’s contributions to preliminary discussions about the formation the European Union.

After his prepared remarks, Justice Kennedy sat down for a discussion with television host Chris Matthews, a member of the International Churchill Society Board of Directors. Justice Kennedy spoke about understanding the importance difference what is legally permissible and what is morally right. He illustrated his point with a entertaining story about then California governor Ronald Reagan receiving a lobbying delegation made up of Henry Fonda, John Wayne, and Charlton Heston. It was President Reagan who later nominated Kennedy to the Supreme Court.

At the end of the presentation, Justice Kennedy was presented with the 2018 Winston S. Churchill Leadership Award by ICS Chairman Laurence Geller. The entire program was recorded for broadcast by C-SPAN. To watch the video, please CLICK HERE.

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