PULASKI, Tenn. – Martin Methodist College (MMC) is honored to welcome Robert Barnes, Supreme Court Correspondent for The Washington Post, to campus as the keynote speaker for 2019’s MMC Justice Joseph Ward Henry Law Lecture Series. Barnes will cover the Supreme Court’s role in a politically polarized nation.

Barnes has spent most of his career at The Washington Post as a reporter and editor. He joined the paper to cover politics and has served in various editing positions, including metropolitan editor and national political editor. He has covered the Supreme Court since November 2006, with a brief break to cover the conclusion of the 2008 presidential campaign. He covered the Supreme Court nominations of Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh. After taking a journalism class at the University of Florida, Barnes gave up law school plans for a life in newspapers.

“MMC is delighted to host such distinguished speakers through the Joseph Ward Henry Law Lecture Series,” said MMC Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Judy Cheatham. “These speakers broaden the horizons of our College and hometown communities by sharing their experiences with us all.”

“Robert Barnes will bring a fascinating insight into the ‘third arm of government’ and the nine justices that sit on the bench,” said MMC President Dr. Mark La Branche.

The 2019 Justice Joseph Ward Henry Law Lecture Series featuring Robert Barnes will be held on October 24, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Martin Theater. Admission is free, and the public is encouraged to attend.

The MMC Justice Joseph Ward Henry Law Lecture Series is an annual event honoring the former Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court, Justice Henry, a Pulaski native. Recent speakers have included former Tennessee Chief Justice William C. Koch, Jr., Dean of Nashville School of Law, and the Honorable Julia Gibbons, circuit judge for the United States Court of Appeals, and her husband former Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Dr. William Gibbons.

Martin Methodist College, founded in 1870, is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Martin Methodist offers baccalaureate degrees in 39 programs of study that include English, religious studies, music and dramatic arts, mathematics and natural sciences to business, social sciences, education, criminal justice, and nursing. Still changing lives after 150 years.


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