This thirty-first orbit around the sun contained some of the best moments of my life as well as a number of major changes. Before charging full steam ahead into 31 (officially “in my thirties,” as my brother reminded me), a recounting and reflection seems in order. Psalm 103:1-5. ********************** First, the highlights/milestones: In October, I […]

I will save you and you shall be a blessing. –Zechariah 8:13 From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded. –Luke 12:48 With great power comes great responsibility. —Benjamin Parker As we explain elsewhere, we here […]

Law360 recently ran a piece I wrote on the next fight brewing in Lucia v. SEC following the Court’s decision last year that SEC ALJs were “inferior officers” whose appointments had to comport with Article II.  The Court remanded Lucia for “a new ‘hearing before a properly appointed’ official,” declining to decide “whether the statutory restrictions on removing […]

[Image: “Appearance Behind Locked Doors,” Panel from Maesta, Duccio di Buoninsegna] All the disciples deserted him and fled. Matthew 26:56 When it was evening on . . . the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood […]

This morning, the Supreme Court hears argument in Rimini Street v. Oracle, a case which involves “whether the Copyright Act’s allowance of ‘full costs’ . . . to a prevailing party is limited to taxable costs . . . or also authorizes non-taxable costs . . . .” I have a new post over at […]

“Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?” –Genesis 18:25 “I saw all the oppressions that are practiced under the sun. Look, the tears of the oppressed–with no one to conform them! On the side of their oppressors there was power . . . . I thought the dead, who have […]

The kitsch business has slowed down as of late, but every now and again a check comes in from our store for the various wares sold during the prior period. That happened a few days ago, when a check came in for over $100. As is custom, we take that money and head on over […]

On this day in 1787, the Constitutional Convention finished its work, and those involved in the creation of the new charter to govern the recently liberated colonies gathered once more to sign the document in order to then take it to the people in the several states for consideration and ratification. Much has changed in […]

[S]tare decisis is neither an inexorable command, nor a mechanical formula of adherence to the latest decision, especially in constitutional cases. If it were, segregation would be legal . . . . —Citizens United v. FEC, 558 U.S. 310, 377 (2010) (Roberts, C.J., concurring) (cleaned up) ************************** The decision was 7-1. In the ensuing decades, it had been […]

All we say to America is, “Be true to what you said on paper.” –Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (April 3, 1968) ***************************** Our nation began with what is and will ever remain one of the most eloquent pronouncements of natural right ever uttered: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are […]

Article I, Section One vests “[a]ll legislative Powers” in Congress.[1] Among other things, this means that “[e]xcept in a few areas constitutionally committed to the Executive Branch, the basic policy decisions governing society are to be made by the Legislature.”[2] Congress cannot delegate the power to make the law to another entity (or, for that […]