July 8, 2018

Will the appointment of a new justice to the Supreme Court dramatically change U.S. law? I don't think so. Here's why.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-op-0629-kennedy-retirement-20180628-story.html

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...

June 16, 2017

Among the predictably polarized responses to the congressional shooting this week -- some on the left renewing calls for stronger gun control laws, some on the right claiming liberals are more prone to violence than conservatives -- it was heartening to hear words of u...

May 11, 2017

After 30 years of working for the federal courts, I believe in legal process and in the justice system. The president can fire as many appointed officials as he wants, but I believe that career prosecutors and law enforcement professionals will continue the investigati...

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 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...

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...

November 4, 2016

As the author of a book on presidential elections for children in grades 3 through 5, every election year I get invited to speak about the election process at book fairs, in libraries, at bookstores, and especially at schools.

Except, not so much this year.

I suspected t...

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...

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

November 6, 2017

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