Professor Neal Katyal Chosen as the Order of the Coif 2014 Distinguished Visitor

November 11, 2013 —

Professor Neal Katyal Professor Neal Katyal

The Order of the Coif, an honorary scholastic society that aims to encourage excellence in legal education, has selected Georgetown Law Professor Neal Katyal as its 2014 Distinguished Visitor. In the coming year, he will travel to a number of law schools with Coif chapters to participate in lectures and seminars, meet with faculty and students, and deliver an address open to each campus' academic community. The honor occurs at an auspicious time for Katyal, since he recently argued his 18th case before the U.S. Supreme Court and has at least three more high court arguments this term. 

"Each year, the Order of the Coif selects a member of the academic legal community to serve as Distinguished Visitor in a set of special events hosted by its member schools. These visitors are selected based on their contribution to their field of inquiry, and the likelihood that their visits will stimulate discussion about important issues confronting the legal profession and the greater legal system," said Charlotte Crane, President of the Order of the Coif. "Professor Katyal's intellectual inquiry into, and on-the-ground experience with the contemporary structure of government make him an obvious choice."

"I am thrilled to serve as this year's Coif lecturer," said Katyal. "I look forward to presenting my work on the architecture of government at law schools across the country, and broadening the conversation about the way we can better structure government to capture the ideals of our nation's founders in a modern age."

Katyal, the Paul and Patricia Saunders Professor of National Security Law, has taught at Georgetown University Law Center for 15 years. In addition to his current roles in both academia and private practice, he has held several high profile government positions, serving as Principal Deputy Solicitor General, Acting Solicitor General, and National Security Adviser in the Department of Justice. 

At Georgetown Law, Katyal focuses on constitutional law, criminal law, and intellectual property. Among the nation's top Supreme Court advocates, he maintains an active appellate practice at the international law firm Hogan Lovells, where he is a partner.