Philip A. Hart Memorial Lecture


Federalism–Old and New–and the Federal Courts

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On April 22, 1982, Senior Circuit Judge, the Honorable Carl McGowan of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, delivered the Georgetown Law Center’s second Annual Philip A. Hart Memorial Lecture: "Federalism–Old and New–and the Federal Courts."

Carl E. McGowan was a United States federal judge.

McGowan received an A.B. from Dartmouth College in 1932 and an LL.B. from Columbia Law School in 1936. He was in private practice in New York City from 1936-39. He was a member of the faculty of Northwestern Law School from 1939-42. After serving in the U.S. Naval Reserve during World War II, McGowan returned to private practice in Washington, D.C. from 1946-48, and to the Northwestern Law School faculty from 1948-49. He was a counsel to the Governor of Illinois from 1949-53, taking up private practice in Chicago, Illinois from 1953-63, including service as general counsel to the Chicago and North Western Railway from 1957-63.

On January 15, 1963, McGowan was nominated by President John F. Kennedy to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit vacated by Henry W. Edgerton. McGowan was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 15, 1963, and received his commission on March 27, 1963. He served as chief judge in 1981 and assumed senior status on August 31, 1981.

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