Duquesne University reports that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas added to his travel schedule in Pittsburgh for a surprise visit to the university's School of Law today. Thomas was on The Bluff yesterday for a wide-ranging address about the high court and its operation before an audience of 1,200 attendees in an event hosted by the law school.
And the university noted the visit today included a chance to sample some of the city's storied sandwich fare:
"This morning, Thomas met with students in the law school lobby, where he chatted, posed for cell-phone photos and shared stories before accompanying Law School Dean Ken Gormley to his 10:30 a.m. class on constitutional law. Thomas accepted Gormley’s invitation to speak in class and ended up teaching the first hour, answering a wide range of questions on important constitutional cases and engaging in a lively give-and-take with the second-year day students.
" 'It was really amazing,' said Gormley. 'Justice Thomas was totally spontaneous, warm and engaging. The students said it was their best class of the year.' "
"Following class, Thomas had Pittsburgh’s famous Primanti’s sandwiches delivered to the law school and had lunch with Gormley. He also walked the halls of the law school and thanked members of the staff for their help in organizing the Tuesday program at Duquesne University."
(Top image: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas talks with Duquesne University constitutional law class. Taylor Tobias photo)