November 9, 2019

Let me start by asking you a question. How many of you think the Supreme Court and the federal courts are nonpartisan? How many don’t? 

My topic is The Supreme Court: Can It Survive the Current Era of Hyperpartisanship, which is a catchy way of saying I’m going to talk...

October 10, 2018

One of the privileges of my former position with the federal judicial branch was attending periodic meetings of a small, distinguished group of federal judges, chaired by the chief justice of the United States, who governed our agency. On our way to the meetings, the j...

February 1, 2017

Note: This blog was published in the Sunday, Feb. 12 edition of the Baltimore Sun.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-civics-lesson-20170211-story.html

While I am as concerned as anyone about President Trump's actions last week, I can’t help but think th...

January 19, 2017

Dear Mr. Trump:

This week you will take the oath of office as President of the United States. It is one of the great moments in our constitutional democracy – the peaceful transition of power to a freely elected new chief executive. This does not happen in every country...

August 14, 2016

Pocket Constitutions recently got a lot of publicity. Some people had them and showed them off. Other people didn't have them but wished they did.

I've got a pocket Constitution. I got mine in 1986 from former Chief Justice Warren Burger. It was my first year at the Fed...

July 7, 2016

The topics of states' rights, racism, and federal judges have been coming up a lot lately in the news and in social media, in a variety of contexts.

So perhaps it was particularly propitious that I came across a law review symposium tribute to the late Judge J. Skelly W...

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We're a great country no doubt, but we can still learn from others. Read more in my latest op ed in The Baltimore Sun. 

http://www.baltimoresun.com/new...

We're Number One! . . . Well, Sort Of

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