The Historical Society participates in a program of annual lectures by jurists, historians and legal scholars. The focus of these lectures will primarily (but not exclusively) be the development of administrative law.
The first lecture was presented June 22, 2010 by Professor John Q. Barrett of St. John's University School of Law on the legal career of United States Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson. The second lecture, June 7, 2011, was given by former Pennsylvania Governor Richard Thornburgh who reviewed the accomplishmentsduring his tenure as governor from 1979 to 1987. The third lecture on June 5, 2012 was given by Dean Ken Gormley of Duquesne Law School on his highly-acclaimed book, The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr. The fourth program was on September 10, 2013 by Attorney Greg Harvey and Professor Michael Dimino on the significance of the 2010 United States Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The fifth program was on September 9, 2014 and was a joint lecture by Attorney Chuck Proctor and Professor Tom Place on the background to and significance of the 2014 United States Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby-Consetoga Wood cases. The sixth program was on September 14, 2015 and was on the timely topic of The Future of Regulation by Penn Law School professor Cary Coglianese.