July 2, 2020

There’s an old legal adage that goes something like this:

“Your right to swing your fist ends where someone else’s nose begins.”

That’s a colorful way of saying that while we all have rights, our rights end where someone else’s rights begin.

For the past few months we’ve...

July 15, 2019

"Go back to where you came from" has long been the call of bigots and xenophobes in the U.S. It's what the Know Nothing Party of the 1850s said about Irish and German Catholic immigrants. It was aimed at Chinese immigrants who helped build the transcontinental railroad...

September 10, 2018

In law school we learned a basic aphorism: Hard facts make bad law. That means when cases present difficult factual situations in which the law requires an outcome that many people would consider unfair, courts are still obliged to follow the law. Otherwise, by bending...

March 19, 2018

I am tired of hearing people say "I support the Second Amendment." Hell, I support the Second Amendment. I also support the First Amendment, and the Third Amendment, and all the rest of the amendments. I also support Article I, Article II, Article III, and the rest of...

September 4, 2017

I am an optimist. I think our country is going through a difficult time, but I think we and our system will prevail. I believe this administration will test all of the checks and balances that our Founders built into our constitutional form of government, but I think t...

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 20, 2017

I'm an optimist, and a wait and see kind of guy. I'm not happy about the incoming administration, but I'm going to hold my fire for now. I believe in the system, I believe in separation of powers, I believe in checks and balances. I believe they are there for a reason,...

January 12, 2017

I've told my kids for as long as I can remember that when life hands you lemons, make lemonade. So watching Blackish last night made me think about whether I'm following my own advice.

I'm not happy about the election. My Republican friends would say I wouldn't have bee...

September 28, 2016

In my book, The U.S. Constitution and You, I talk about the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizens. I say:

Protecting these rights also means you have important responsibilities. One responsibility is to vote so you can choose leaders and lawmakers who will act wi...

September 14, 2016

Sorry for not having a blog post this week, but thought you might like to read my Op Ed piece from Monday's Baltimore Sun.

Read the post here.

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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. 

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