The State Role in Checking Presidential Excess - Toby Heytens
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Toby Heytens will discuss the way that states, mainly state attorney general's offices, have played a role in curbing the expanding executive power during the Obama and Trump administration. Toby J. Heytens is Virginia's sixth Solicitor General. He previously spent eight years as a professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as co-director of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, coached the three-time national champion undergraduate trial advocacy team, and received an All-University Teaching Award. His teaching and research interests include civil procedure, constitutional torts, criminal procedure and remedies. He also has served as a visiting assistant professor at Cornell Law School.
Toby Heytens is a graduate of Macalester College and the University of Virginia School of Law. During law school, Heytens served as articles development editor of the Virginia Law Review and received the Alumni Association Award for Academic Excellence for having the highest academic average in his graduating class. His student note, "School Choice and State Constitutions," received the Alumni Association Best Note Award.
After graduating from law school, Heytens clerked for Chief Judge Edward R. Becker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, served as a Bristow Fellow in the Solicitor General’s Office, and then clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He spent several years working at O’Melveny & Myers in Washington, D.C., where his practice focused on appellate litigation.