When you think commerce clause, don't think technical and meaningless. Think in what ways can the elected representatives of the people provide protection against serious harm.
There are some lawyers who think of themselves as basically instruments of whoever their clients are, and they pride themselves on their professional craft.
The Court failed to identify a provision of the (Constitution) that the Connecticut law violated. Instead it spoke vaguely of the 'penumbras' and 'emanations' of the Bill of Rights, in language that continues to turn the stomach of fundamentalists (and many others),... Radicals in Robes.
I don't think any new member of the court will expect the court to follow his or her lead. We have nine separate law offices headed by strong-willed people.
He is unquestionably one of the most important figures in the history of American law.
[Roberts' dissent is a] pretty big deal, ... The fact that he was willing to challenge the Endangered Species Act as a brand-new judge, when lots of his Republican colleagues went the other way, indicates that he really wanted to make a statement.
He's one of the most interesting senators of our time. The fact that the right was so concerned about him as head of the Judiciary Committee made many people think he'd be very careful in scrutinizing Bush's appointees. But I guess he has proved unpredictable once again.
Rehnquist really was treated unfairly, ... A person is a career, not a moment.
We learned at least back then he was quite conservative. He was even a relative conservative in the Reagan Justice Department, which is saying something
I think it's a very firm part of human nature that if you surround yourself with like-minded people, you'll end up thinking more extreme versions of what you thought before.
Liberals are sometimes defined as people who can't take their own side in an argument.
The 'cash for clunkers' program was a big success in part because it gave people the sense that the economy was moving.
There's a big difference between the role of an academic and the role of someone in government. That's a cliche, but in academic life if you say things that are common sense and people nod their heads, it's not very useful. You're not adding anything.
Most problems are best solved privately, not through government. There's a problem of discourtesy in the world, which is best handled through social norms, which are indispensable. But you wouldn't want the government to be mandating courtesy.
We ought to ban hunting, I suggest, if there isn't a purpose other than sport or fun. That should be against the law. It's time now.