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About the Red Mass

The Red Mass is an annual event traditionally held at the opening of the judicial year. Judges and lawyers attend in a body, joined by public officials and law faculty. The Red Mass was first celebrated in Paris in 1245. From the time of Edward I, the Mass was offered in England at Westminster Abbey and received its name from the scarlet robes worn by the Lord High Justices. The first American Red Mass was held in New York City on October 6, 1928 at Old St. Andrew’s Church on Duane Street. In Washington D.C., the Red Mass opens the new term of the U.S. Supreme Court each year. The justices join in the celebration at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle.

Take a look back at The Red Mass

The Red Mass 2023

Chief Justice Patricia Guerrero
Closing Speaker

The Red Mass 2022

Chief Judge Philip Gutierrez
Chief Judge Philip Gutierrez
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The Red Mass 2021

The Hon. Stephen M. Maloney
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The Red Mass 2020

The Hon. Kevin C. Brazile

The Red Mass 2019

US District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald
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The Red Mass 2018

US District Court Judge André Birotte, Jr.
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The Red Mass 2017

Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar
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The Red Mass 2016

Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye
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