Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Election law panel today!

Join FedSoc, Law Dems, and Republican Club TODAY for an all-star election law panel.

We've got two Federal Election Commissioners, plus the general counsel from both the DNC and the Republican Governors Association. If anyone can tell you how current law affects the upcoming election, these guys are it!

See you in McDonough 203 at 2:00! As always, food will be provided.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

McDonnell TODAY

Bob McDonnell
Attorney General of Virginia
Today at 4:00
McDonough 205.

Federalist Society presents Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell. He will discuss the myriad issues facing Virginia and other states in the run-up to the November elections: emergency preparedness, the definition of marriage, property rights, crime, and more!

Join us on Wednesday, October 18 @ 4:00 in McDonough 205. As always, food and beverages will be served!

Monday, October 16, 2006

Fraud, misdeeds, and liability-oh my!

Join us TODAY for a discussion of corporate officer & director liability. Discussion of recent cases by:

Donald Parsons, Vice Chancellor of the Delaware Courts of Chancery

Commentary by Professor Jeffrey Bauman

2:30 Today, Room 140
Food and drinks will be served!

Fraud, misdeeds, and liability-oh my!

Join us TODAY for a discussion of corporate officer & director liability. Discussion of recent cases by:

Donald Parsons, Vice Chancellor of the Delaware Courts of Chancery

Commentary by Professor Jeffrey Bauman

2:30 Today, Room 140
Food and drinks will be served!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Lunch with Professor Volokh

Pizza With A Prof!

Join us for lunch today with Professor Sasha Volokh. He's brand new at GULC, doing great law & economics work, and fresh from clerkships with Kozinski, O'Connor, and Alito.

That's TODAY--Hotung 2000 @12:15. See you there!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Posner Tonight!

Lifetime Service Award tonight!

Join us to hear the illustrous RICHARD POSNER. He will be speaking on the topic of "Judicial Self-Restraint." Award and address at 6:00 in Hart Auditorium, with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres afterward in the Hotung lobby.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The Feminist Case Against Abortion

While not a Federalist event, this looks interesting:

On Wednesday, September 13th, at 6pm in Hart Auditorium (located at 1st and F Streets NW in Washington, DC), Georgetown University Law Center will host Serrin Foster, the President of Feminists for Life. Ms. Foster will give a lecture entitled "The Feminist Case AGAINST Abortion."

Her remarks will be followed by commentary by Julia Thornton who during her freshman year of college gave birth under challenging circumstances to a child who was subsequently adopted. Following remarks by both speakers, there will be a question and answer period. The event is co-sponsored by Progressive Alliance for Life, Campus Ministries, Christian Legal Society, Catholic Forum, and Law Republicans. A reception with food and beverages will follow the event.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Debate on Conscience Clauses: First Amendment Right or Unconstitutional Barrier to Medical Care?

What do you think about pharmacists who refuse to provide treatments they believe are immoral? Should they be protected? Are they way out of line?

Just down the street at the Capitol, this Friday (Sept. 8) during lunch, hear excellent representatives of both sides of the argument - Kevin Hasson, Founder of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty vs. Jill Morrison, Senior Counsel of the National Women's Law Center. Seating is limited, so learn more and RSVP here.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Tidbit for Thought

Was walking to the grocery store the other day and passed a group of Immigrant Rights supporters. This group identified as Socialists and one of their banners stated, "No human is illegal." Now, call me crazy, but does it seem strange to anyone else that a group calling themselves Socialists would cite to some sort of "higher law" like they did? Certainly someone could be illegal under positive law, so their statement could only make sense if they believe in some higher moral law in which all men share equally as legal citizens. Yet don't most Socialists scorn the very idea of a higher law? Marx did say that religion is the "opiate of the masses." Perhaps the higher law is grounded in something else: rationality? But didn't a higher law grounded in rationality lead to the very burgeois system the Socialists eschewed? Perhaps I'm forgetting some basic tenet of Socialism or something, but I'm pretty sure there's some incongruity there. I would find any explanations or corrections helpful.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

This Would Be a Problem...

From M. Drudge: "Patriot Act Catches a Baby-Food Thief - The case of Samih Jammal, convicted with the help of the Patriot Act and FISA wiretaps of fencing stolen baby formula, sits on the fine line between the government's terrorism-fighting role and its duty to protect citizen's rights. The WALL STREET JOURNAL reports the use of FISA warrants helped prosecuted Arizona grocery wholesaler Jammal, who was convicted of operating a baby formula theft ring.The JOURNAL notes that Jammal, a "U.S. citizen born in Lebanon, was never charged with any offense related to terrorism." Jammal "is appealing, contending that FISA evidence used against him was illegally obtained and crippled his defense. ... 'It's baby formula of mass destruction here,' he said at one pretrial hearing." Developing..."

Mr. Jammal has a point. Someone should save me from my continued slip and slide toward the left!

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Views on Georgia v. Randolph?

I have deleted my original post to help make more immediately visible Galen's post about TOMORROW evening's event featuring Judge Silberman. It should be a delightful occasion for Federalists and non-Federalists alike! Hope to see you there!

Judge Silberman - Award and a Speech

Please join the Georgetown Federalist Society for an evening with Judge Laurence Silberman (DC Circuit) and Prof. Viet Dinh. The occasion is our 3rd Annual Lifetime Service Award, which will be presented to Judge Silberman next Wednesday, Mar. 29 at 6:45 pm in Hart Auditorium.

Judge Silberman will speak about restructuring the FBI, an issue he is quite familiar with because he co-chaired the WMD Commission which made the recommendation he will be discussing. Afterwards, there will be a catered reception (including wine and non-alcoholic beverages) with the judge. Area attorneys and the judge’s former clerks have been invited as well.

Judge Silberman has had an extraordinarily wide-ranging career – from serving in the Labor Dep’t, then the Justice Dep’t, to being U.S. Ambassador to Yugoslavia, to serving as a bank executive, to teaching administrative law for 20 years, to (of course) his almost 21 years on the DC Circuit. He is an unexpectedly gracious professor who brings a wealth of context to the classes he teaches – and keeps students entertained in the process.

Both the Judge and Prof. Dinh are engaging, even witty, speakers and I can assure you that attending is well worth your time.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Family Voters

This is an ingenious discussion of the political and legal shifts of the "family vote" over the last 100 years. For instance these passages:

The dominant wing of the GOP tilted in favor of the banks, the great industries, and--perhaps more surprisingly--the feminist movement. Indeed, as early as 1904, the National Association of Manufacturers had formed an alliance with the feminists, for they shared an interest in moving women out of their homes and into the paid labor market. When the feminists reorganized as the National Woman's party in 1917, the manufacturers' association apparently provided secret financial support. More openly, Republican leaders embraced the feminists' proposed Equal Rights Amendment, first advanced in Congress in 1923. The GOP was also the first major party to endorse the ERA in its platform. ...

The Democrats also welcomed the "Maternalists" into their ranks, female activists who--while believing strongly in equal legal and political rights for women--also emphasized the natural differences between the sexes when it came to childbirth and child care. They favored federal programs for the training of girls in home economics and for "baby saving," meaning efforts to reduce infant and maternal mortality. They fiercely opposed working mothers and day care. Under this Maternalist influence, every New Deal domestic program openly assumed or quietly reinforced the goal of a "family wage" and the model American family of a breadwinning father, a homemaking mother, and an average of three or four children. In short, from 1912 until 1964, the Democrats were--on balance--the pro-family party. The Republicans, on balance, were the party of business interests and the feminists. ...

For the Republican party as reshaped by Reagan now saw pro-family social conservatives in political alliance with the interests of the banks and the large corporations. Main Street and Wall Street were under the same tent, which was a very new development. ...

Indeed, the GOP has done absolutely nothing to curb the egalitarian frenzy and the gender-role engineering set off by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and enshrined at the Pentagon. Equity feminism still rules these roosts.Or consider child care. A timely veto by Richard Nixon stopped the government's day care juggernaut in 1971, but only for a few months. The same year, Nixon signed a Republican-designed measure also backed by the National Organization for Women (heir to the GOP-favored National Woman's party). This law allowed families to deduct day care costs from their income tax, cleverly labeling them "business expenses." This has since grown into a credit worth between $1,500 and $2,100 in reduced taxes for households using day care. Even the wealthiest qualify. Meanwhile, families that sacrifice a second income to keep a mother or father at home receive nothing except a higher net tax. Bills to correct this gross inequity have been regularly introduced in Congress since 1996, most recently the Parents' Tax Relief Act of 2006 (H.R. 3080). However, the Republican leadership has ignored them. To underscore the lost opportunity here, note that conservatives in Canada rode to victory just a few weeks ago by embracing a plan to extend that nation's day care benefit to stay-at-home parents; not a whiff of this, though, in the recent State of the Union address.

Regardless of whether one agrees with the author's obvious preference for mothers staying at home, the political analysis is insightful and the presentation of policy tradeoffs and interests honest - the stresses average people face.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Follow-up on Epstein and Google

A suit against Google was dismissed by a Philadelphia judge. The judge didn't discuss fair use doctrine--which is one of Google's two main legal claims supporting their project--at all.

Epstein's prediction was that east-coast courts would be unfavorable to the Google Library project because that area is the seat of the publishing industry. Though Epstein specifically mentioned the suit in the Southern District of New York, my guess is that he'd classify Philly as east coast. Maybe Google will have an easier time that Epstein thought.

See the article on WSJ here.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Affirmative Action and the ABA

As was noted on the Volokh Conspiracy, we are cosponsoring a panel with the Federalist Society's Civil Rights Practice Group on the newly proposed ABA standard which would require law schools to "demonstrate, by concrete action ... a commitment" to diversity in both acceptance of students and hiring of faculty.

The ABA's previous policy was a suggestion. This one would be a command - for those schools which wish to become or remain accredited. The merits of affirmative action are a separate question that whether the sole accreditor should be able to require such actions. And then there are the constitutional and legal considerations under Title VII and the Equal Protection Clause.

Come Monday, March 20, at noon and hear all about it!

Our moderator:

Thomas Morgan, professor at George Washington, and former President of the Association of American Law Schools

Our panelists:

David Bernstein, a George Mason professor whose Wall Street Journal article on the topic provoked a response from the ABA President (reported by bloggers here and here for those without WSJ access).

Roger Clegg, the President of the Center for Equal Opportunity.

Jim Freeman, staff attorney at the Advancement Project.

And our own professor Peter Edelman.


Here is the markup version of the proposal. Some excerpts:

Standard 211(b)
"Consistent with sound educational policy and the Standards, a law school shall demonstrate by concrete action a commitment to having a faculty and staff that are diverse with respect to gender, race and ethnicity."

Interpretation 211-1:
"The requirements of a constitutional provision or statute that purports to prohibit consideration of gender, race, ethnicity or national origin in admissions or employment decisions is not a justification for a school’s non-compliance with Standard 211." (emphasis added)

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Debate Leads to More Law, Less Politics?

This article by Terry Eastland ends with the following interesting comment on the effect CJ Roberts is having on the Court:

"The other day Justice Breyer told an Alabama audience that the justices discuss cases more under Roberts than they did under Rehnquist. Roberts is surely responsible for that, and it marks an important change.

Justices Stevens and Scalia have both complained over the years about the conferences held on the Fridays of weeks with oral arguments. It is then that the justices at least tentatively decide cases, and yet under Rehnquist the justices typically did little more than declare their votes. For Roberts to invite discussion means that Roberts himself has to come to the conference table fully prepared. That's not hard to imagine. But the other justices have to come prepared as well, or risk embarrassment.

Over time, the Roberts effect may produce not only larger majorities and more stable rulings but also a Court that, thanks to conferences that really are conferences, pays more attention to working out the relevant law and less to mere politics. The distinction between law and politics is, of course, precisely what Roberts (and Samuel Alito) insisted upon during their confirmation hearings, and it lies at the heart of judicial conservatism. The prospect of the continuing advancement of that philosophy is a happy one, and a reason to say hail to this particular chief."

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Comparative Federalism

Thought this Slate article on the UAE was worth Federalists pondering. Particularly:

"It's a federation of seven somewhat autonomous sheikdoms—Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Qaiwain, Ras al-Khaimah, and Fujairah. Under the country's constitution, each emirate maintains principal control of its own oil revenues and other natural resources. They turn over a set percentage of their revenues to the federal government, which takes care of defense, diplomacy, education, public health, banking, and several other concerns for everyone. But that's the extent of it: The constitution gives each emirate explicit and exclusive control over any matter not specifically assigned to the federation. For example, a conservative emirate like Sharjah has the right to institute its especially strict code of decency, which prohibits bathing suits, midriffs, and skirts above the knee."

Unlike some federal systems (eg Russia), this one has real teeth: the component parts have bargaining power with the federal government. Japan is a unitary state, so by contrast there is little possibility of experimentation regionally; the Japanese generally must get fresh policy ideas from abroad.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Great News

Word on the street is that Randy Barnett has accepted GULC's offer.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Thoughts from the Symposium

Several chapter members went to the Federalist Society Student Symposium at Columbia University this weekend. I highly recommend that everyone attend next year. The speakers and discussion were thoughtful and engaging....if only school were like this all the time!

Over the course of the week, it struck me that the panelists who favored extensive application of international law focused exclusively on the most formal aspects of the law: treaties, accords, etc. They argued that the US has an obligation to adhere to these agreements because we believe in the rule of law. You sign a contract, you honor it. That's a great argument to make to Federalists.

But rule of law depends on law being knowable, procedural, and definite. No wonder that the internationalists talk only of treaties and accords. In the case of agreements negotiated by our elected officials, I am very persuaded by their claims that strict adherence is both a legal obligation and good policy. We follow legitimate law partially because it's the right thing to do, regardless of whether anyone will enforce it against us; we also do it because honoring our agreements bolsters our reputation in the long run. The same arguments apply to nations as well as individuals--but only with respect to defined obligations voluntarily undertaken.

Their argument doesn't hold for custom, the court of opinion, the law of nations, or haphazard judicial consideration of foreign law in interpreting our Constitution. The part of international law that stirs controversy isn't usually treaties. I think what we're usually arguing about is the piecemeal importation of ill-defined customary law that we don't get a chance to vote on. It's the customary fluff that lacks institutions to legitimately create or enforce it. By applying that part of international law here, we undermine the procedural safeguards that allow us to protect ourselves. Americans haven't had clear input into it. We don't trust it or respect it, and we have no reason to do so.

So although the rule-of-law argument is alluring, I think the argument only goes so far. It just doesn't extend to the gritty issues.

It was a great conference. I hope you all attend next year.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Law School Clinics - A History

Here's an interesting vignette from an intriguing article (in which Georgetown's clinics make several appearances). I'm sure several of our clinics continue to do a lot of good ... I've got friends in CALS, Juvenile Justice, and others who are finding their time worthwhile. But it's worth thinking about the whole picture.

"Environmental law clinics have sued the army, cities, foresters, petrochemical producers, the EPA, landfills, farmers, and freighters, among many other evildoers. But one famous environmental fight deliciously demonstrated just how specious is the clinics’ “we’re representing the poor” justification. In 1997, Tulane’s environmental law clinic barred a planned plastics plant from a predominantly black township between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The clinic claimed that it was fighting “environmental racism,” but many town residents, backed by the NAACP, had worked for years to win the Shintech company’s new PVC plant for their parish. After Shintech threw in the towel, Louisiana’s governor, furious at the loss of jobs, persuaded the state supreme court to change the rules governing when law students can represent clients. Under the new guidelines, students could represent community groups only if 51 percent of the group’s members had incomes below 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines."

"You would have thought the court had required law professors and law partners to donate a portion of their income to poor relief. The legal elite rose up in outrage at the requirement that law clinics actually do what they claim they’re doing: represent the indigent. NYU’s Brennan Center, the New York firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, the Association of American Law Schools, the American Association of University Professors, UC Berkeley’s Center for Clinical Education, and the ACLU sued the Louisiana Supreme Court for violating professors’ and students’ First Amendment rights. With unlawyerlike illogic, David Udell, director of the Brennan Center’s poverty program, railed: “Poor communities in Louisiana still virtually have nowhere to obtain justice.” In the same spirit, the Association of American Law Schools protested that the Louisiana rules “will effectively deny law students the opportunity to provide access to justice for the working poor and for many poor community organizations in Louisiana.”

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Partial Birth Politics

This from WaPo:

"Oral argument in the case, Gonzales v. Carhart , No. 05-380, is likely to take place during the run-up to the 2006 congressional elections"

On the contrary, I'd be surprised if it wasn't scheduled for later, in November, to avoid the politics. In any case, the decision won't come down till 2007.

Betting seems to be that O'Connor's departure tips the balance on this issue and has triggered the granting of cert.

I speculate that another opening will occur on the Court soon after the elections. Most likely Stevens. Given the obvious willingness of the Court to revisit this law, and if the Republicans retain the Senate (likely), can Roe long stand?

Friday, February 17, 2006

NSA Program Defended

Andrew McCarthy takes George Will to task here.

I wish the Fed Soc would get McCarthy and Cole to debate.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Congress's Authority to Limit President's War Power

Professor Cole has written this on Slate. I imagine at least 50% of the Federalist Society members agree with him.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

"Theistic Metaphysics"?

Justice Scalia has reviewed a new book from the Harvard University Press on Philosophy and the Law.

He is in fine form... check out particularly the last bit. Is law possible without God to furnish right and wrong?

The author of this tome seems to be seriously pondering the bon mot of Voltaire:

Si Dieu n'existait pas, il faudrait l'inventer. (If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.)

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Domestic Surveillance

Whether you're concerned about the program which has made headline news or confident that the President is right, don't miss this interesting and detailed discussion between two Federalist Society members (David Rivkin, Baker & Hostetler, and Robert Levy, Cato Institute) who take opposite viewpoints on the legality and constitutionality of the Administration's surveillance program.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Crying Baby Keeps Mrs. Murphy Up All Night

Just a quick though from Civil Rights class the other day. We were discussing the Fair Housing Act and the prof. asked if we thought the Mrs. Murphy exemption and the private club exemption were good ideas or bad ones. A number of people said they thought the exemptions should exist so that there would be a place for racism to "vent"; a place away from the general public. Others said this was a bad idea because if racism is bad, it is bad everywhere. The most interesting comments to me, however, were from the students who were very adamant that the exemptions should go, but were sympathetic to the defendants in Oxford House because the plaintiffs in that case were recovering drug addicts, not members of a racial minority. One student said she could understand why the community might not want the recovering addicts in the neighborhood. Another student implied it would be legitimate for an elderly couple to avoid renting to potential tenants that have children that might cry at night. No one raised the point that such discrimination is as much in violation of the statute as race discrimination, even though these two students were clearly not as sympathetic to statutory protections for the disabled (as the recovering drug addicts were) or based on familial status. And I was thinking that I wouldn't want to be told I couldn't discriminate on the basis of sex in picking an apartment-mate now or in the future. So, perhaps the problem is not solely with the exemptions themselves. Perhaps the breadth of the exemption should be inversely related to the number of protected classes. The counter-argument is, I suppose, that this keeps our determination of what constitutes "impermissible discrimination" static. But I think it could also stand for the proposition that there are some discriminations based on sex, familial status and disability that might be legitimate. At least, a number of students in my class seemed to find them less morally reprehensible than discrimination based on race.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

We Have a New Board!

Check out the right frame/margin where it says "administration"....

Friday, January 27, 2006


The Kennedy/Kerry filibuster is the tactical best play for the Dems. It will appease the liberal base - the Dem senators "fought." It will give several Dem Red State senators the opportunity to split their votes: no to Alito but also no to filibuster. And it will certainly fail, so will not bring on the nuke option, thus preserving the filibuster to fight another day.

This false filibuster also increases the probability of Chaffee voting against Alito...

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Immature Dissent On Display

Georgetown University Law Center recently hosted a speech by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales in which he defended the controversial NSA wiretapping of American citizen's phone calls with Al Qaeda members. The actual speech and the panel debate that followed were considered and informative. They gave an encouraging impression of Georgetown's commitment to discussing difficult issues in a mature, thoughtful manner. In stark contrast, the student protest during the Gonzales speech was an immature intellectual spasm that did nothing more than embarrass the Georgetown Law student body on a national stage.

It may seem cliché that as the president of the Georgetown Law Center Federalist Society, I would respond negatively to a protest by liberal students against George W. Bush’s Attorney General. On the other hand, I do not support much of the Bush administration’s conduct in the war on terror. For the last year and a half I have worked for Georgetown Professor Neal Katyal on the Hamdan case, challenging Bush’s use of military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay. I also probably agree with the protestors that the Bush administration’s actions in this warrant-less wiretapping are a violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act- and maybe the Fourth Amendment.

My agreement with the protestors’ underlying policy position only increases my dismay at their conduct. By standing with their backs to Alberto Gonzales, by holding up a sign with a misquoted Benjamin Franklin statement (which decorously labeled a “paraphrase”), by stomping out like petulant children with their black hoods on - the students embarrassed themselves, their cause, and the Law Center. Rather than showing Georgetown Law as a school where different opinions are respected - they made it seem like a place where people have made up their minds and will turn their backs on anyone who dares disagree.

Merely disagreeing with the administration does not give good reason to act disrespectfully. The school invited Judge Gonzales as a guest to our campus and he addressed us on one of the most pressing issues of the day. Many students do not agree with what he had to say- that is unexceptional. The school regularly brings left-leaning speakers to campus with whom I strongly disagree. When those speakers come, I listen respectfully and then challenge them on the facts and on the law. That is the mature and rational approach that we have been taught in Georgetown Law classrooms. We have not been taught to turn our backs and walk out of speeches simply because we do not like the message.

One question really bothered me after I saw the protest- what reasons could lead otherwise intelligent people to act in this manner? My best guess is that there is a romantic/symbolic connection to the protests of the past- when brave dissidents fought against racism and a system that did not allow their voices to be heard. These modern protestors adopted the 1960s civil disobedience paradigm without understanding the predicates that made those protests necessary. They do not understand that the reason that people turn to civil disobedience is precisely because they cannot get the same respect that Gonzales willingly offered by coming to Georgetown and by having his speech rebutted by a panel that challenged and dissected his position after he spoke.

Consider what occurred here- the Attorney General of the United States came to a predominantly liberal/hostile law school to put the administration’s argument in front of the people- just as he should in a free, democratic country. As he spoke, he knew that the next voice would be perhaps the most articulate and powerful advocate of civil liberties in the United States today, Professor David Cole. This is how the system is supposed to work.

Professor Cole, perhaps out of loyalty-but also, I hope, a little out of embarrassment for the students- praised the protestors: “I am proud of the very civil, civil disobedience that was shown here today.” Unfortunately, there was nothing in these students’ conduct that should have made him proud. Cole sat on the stage, listened respectfully, responded carefully and convinced some listeners that his position was the correct one. The protestors convinced no one of their rightness of their cause. Their masked, martyr-like appearance, with their dramatic (if misquoted) poster contrasted poorly with the carefully parsing of the FISA statute and the arguments about the extent of the President’s Article II powers that the panel discussed after the walk out.

The protestors styled themselves as heirs of dissidents of the past- but no one wanted to drag them away, no one considered turning water hoses on them, no one tried to run over them with tanks- no one cared about their empty gesture. They were turning their backs and walking out of exactly the kind of event that all those protestors of the past were demanding- an open dialogue where the powerful had to come to them- a dialogue where they could voice their reasoned disagreement with the authorities’ conduct in front of their fellow citizens.

Of course, the protesting students were well within their rights to act as they did. It is their constitutional right to use their symbolic speech to disrespect the Attorney General, to embarrass Georgetown Law Center and to marginalize their own opinions. As a person who probably agrees with them on this issue and as a Georgetown Law student, I wish they had not done it. Not only did they trivialize their point of view, but they showed themselves as closed-minded, disrespectful and immature. It was not the image of Georgetown Law students I wanted broadcast on a national stage.

this article has also been published at watchblog

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

14th Amendment Human Being

A concise, non-legal, non-religious essay on human embryos and human rights, here.

Monday, January 23, 2006

What is a feminist?

This probably will not change views, as Roe hits 33, but establishing facts is crucial to clear thinking.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

They're Onto Us...

This Slate writer makes a few good points. But I don't think that 1) Senate Democrats will listen, or 2) she gives them any useful political or jurisprudential advice.

Once you've conceded that members of the Fed Soc are not bigots or even closet bigots, then one must find another politically sexy vehicle of attack. What? No clue. Abortion is not really a clear winner (less and less so...) and most liberal jurisprudential positions are unpopular political losers: expansive view of Court powers; facile redefinition of constitutional terms (for instance using foreign law); social engineering from the bench.

And intellectual opposition to originalism and judicial restraint is increasingly scarce: how will Democrats put into action her suggestion to address the implications of federalist jurisprudence?

Suggestion: give up and, with wise heads such as Akhil Amar, join the debate.

Sunday, January 01, 2006