The Roman L. Hruska Institute for the Administration of Justice was established in 1995 to “educate lawyers, law students, and the public-at-large in Nebraska to the importance of the administration of justice, particularly at the federal level through the conduct of symposia or lectures.” In planning the symposia or lectures funded by the Institute, organizers make a special effort to reflect the issues and activities to which the late Senator Roman L. Hruska devoted his professional and Congressional career.
The Institute recognizes the career of Senator Hruska who served as United State Senator for Nebraska from 1954 t0 1977 and who participated prominently in efforts to enhance the administration of justice in the Federal Courts. His contributions to the law include many of the crime control reform acts of the 1970s.
The Hruska Institute is a joint effort of the Nebraska State Bar Foundation, the Federal Bar Association and the University of Nebraska College of Law.
Since the Institute was established in 1995, it has hosted the following distinguished guests:
- Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, United State Supreme Court- 1996
- Justice Stephen G. Breyer, United States Supreme Court- 1998
- Justice Robert Bork, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia- 1999
- Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, United States Supreme Court- 2006
- Justice Michael D. Kirby (Retired), Australian High Court- 2009
- Justice Clarence Thomas, United States Supreme Court- 2011
- The Honorable John D. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice United States Supreme Court- 2014