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...

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...