Monday, September 05, 2005

Rehnquist: a tribute

Over at Mirror of Justice, Rick Garnett (Notre Dame professor and former Rehnquist clerk) honors the Chief:

"The chief was a lawyer's lawyer. He taught and inspired me, and all of his clerks, to read carefully, to write clearly, and to think hard. He will, quite appropriately, be remembered as one of the few great chief justices. For me, though, William Rehnquist is more than a historic figure and a former boss. Today, thanks in no small part to him, I have a great job: I get paid to think, research, and write about things that matter and to teach friendly and engaged students about the law. I will always be grateful. And I hope that the deluge of political spin to come will not drown out what Americans should remember about the chief: He was a dedicated public servant, committed to the rule of law and to the court. He regarded himself as the bearer of a great trust and of a heavy obligation of stewardship. In my judgment, he was faithful to that trust, and he fulfilled that obligation."

1 comment:

D said...

For another view of the Chief Justice, check out Alan Dershowitz's piece on Huffingpost.com. The url is http://www.huffingtonpost.com
/alan-dershowitz
/telling-the-truth-about-c_b_6844.html

(make sure to get the whole url)

Here's an excerpt: "Chief Justice William Rehnquist set back liberty, equality, and human rights perhaps more than any American judge of this generation."