James L. Buckley Lecture

The James L. Buckley Lecture on Principled Leadership


In 2019, James L. Buckley, older brother of William F. Buckley Jr., delivered his final public address at NRI’s Ideas Summit in Washington, DC. In 2023, marking James L. Buckley’s 100th birthday, NRI inaugurated the biennial James L. Buckley Lecture on Principled Leadership to honor his prestigious and impactful career serving in all three branches of government, while championing Constitutional limits. At each Ideas Summit, we will invite a notable person who has served, past or present, in one of the branches of government to deliver the lecture on an important topic of the day, grounded in the concept of principled leadership, which Jim demonstrated throughout his notable career.

The first lecture was delivered at the 2023 Ideas Summit by The Honorable Michael B. Mukasey, former United States Attorney General.