University of Minnesota Law School presents

2023 Robert A. Stein ’61 Lecture: A Conversation Between Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett and Professor Robert A. Stein

Past event
Oct 16, 2023
Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett

Ticket Update:

Due to popular demand, all tickets have been claimed for this lecture. Please check back periodically as tickets may be returned by other guests. Any returned tickets will be made available online. There is not a waitlist.

We request that if you have reserved a ticket and can no longer attend, please follow the instructions below to release your reservation. You can cancel tickets up until the day of the event.

  • Instructions to Release a Ticket: Have your ticket information available. The Northrop Box Office will request your name, order number, and bar code number. You may contact Northrop with this information at 612-624-2345 or; Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Doors will open by 3:00 pm. Ticket patrons should be seated by 3:45 pm. Event begins at 4:00 pm. 

General Info
Rules of courtroom decorum will be followed. No purses, backpacks, bags, cameras or recording devices will be allowed in the auditorium. We strongly recommend leaving these items at home and traveling light.

Robert A. Stein ’61, Everett Fraser Professor of Law and Distinguished Global Professor, served as dean of the University of Minnesota Law School for 15 years and is the former executive director and chief operating officer of the American Bar Association. Professor and Mrs. Robert A. Stein have generously endowed this lecture series to enrich the Law School community by inviting leaders of the bench and bar and of the governments of the U.S. and other nations to deliver an annual lecture on a topic of national or international interest.

Amy Coney Barrett, Associate Justice, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on January 28, 1972. She married Jesse M. Barrett in 1999, and they have seven children – Emma, Vivian, Tess, John Peter, Liam, Juliet, and Benjamin. She received a B.A. from Rhodes College in 1994 and a J.D. from Notre Dame Law School in 1997. She served as a law clerk for Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit from 1997 to 1998 and for Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court of the United States during the 1998 Term. After two years in private law practice in Washington, D.C., she became a law professor, joining the faculty of Notre Dame Law School in 2002. She was appointed a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in 2017. President Donald J. Trump nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and she took her seat on October 27, 2020.

Know Before You Go

Event Information

  • Seating: General Admission
  • Theater Doors Open: 3:00 pm
  • Performance Begins: 4:00 pm
  • General Info: Rules of courtroom decorum will be followed. No purses, backpacks, bags, cameras or recording devices will be allowed in the auditorium. We strongly recommend leaving these items at home and traveling light. Due to tickets being digital-only, phones will be allowed in the auditorium.
  • Accessibility: This event will be captioned, with other accessibility services available upon request.
  • Digital Tickets-Only: All event and parking tickets are delivered electronically—printed tickets are no longer available. Tickets will be sent from to the email address you provide when you place your order. 
  • Detailed Event Information: Find Your Event Info link on your order confirmation or check your email within 48 hours for detailed information from Northrop, U of M.

If you need assistance with your tickets, please call 612-624-2345, email

Rules of Decorum

When the Law School welcomes jurists and other public officials, we ask that our students, faculty, staff, and guests observe the same level of decorum that would be expected in court. We have adapted these Rules of Decorum from those promulgated by the Minnesota Supreme Court, and they apply for today’s lecture.

  • To avoid noise and disruption to the speaker and audience members, please do not leave the room during the lecture or court proceedings. You may leave quietly at the conclusion and before the question and answer period begins. If necessary, you may leave quietly in between questions. 
  • To alleviate security concerns, please do not bring purses, backpacks, briefcases, or other large bags with you to the event. 
  • No tobacco, chewing gum, food, or drink is permitted. 
  • As a sign of respect, no hats, caps, or other non-medical headgear shall be worn, except for apparel required by religious observation. 
  • In order to avoid distractions and focus audience attention on the proceedings, please do not bring laptops or other electronic devices to the lecture. 
  • Cellular telephones should be turned to the “OFF” setting once seated in the auditorium. Cellular telephones can and should be brought with you to the event for Northrop’s electronic ticket confirmation purposes. 
  • Tape recorders, video cameras and still cameras are prohibited without prior approval. 
  • Parents and guardians are asked to use judgment when deciding whether to bring children to the event. Children must be under control and under supervision of an adult at all times. 
  • Audience members are asked to remain seated when the presentation or proceedings are underway. 
  • The Law School honors the free speech and expression rights of our community members. However, demonstrations are not permitted during proceedings or presentations. Impermissible demonstrations may include disruptive speech, interruptions, and banners or signs that disrupt the audience’s view of and/or ability to hear the speakers. Inquiries about designated areas for expression should be directed to the University of Minnesota Police Department.
  • We ask that audience members not engage in any activity that may be disruptive. Impermissible activities may include, but are not limited to, unnecessary conversation, loud whispering, or newspaper or magazine reading.
  • In order to protect the security of the audience and presenter(s), the Law School may enlist the assistance of University security or other law enforcement personnel to enforce these rules and, if necessary, remove disruptive individuals from the room.