Author Archives: Joel Nolette

Serving the Poorest People in the World on the Worst Day of Their Lives

In keeping with our semi-annual tradition, we’ve taken the revenue from selling conservatarian kitsch–it seems the dogma still lives loudly within many of you!–and contributed to projects on DonorSee. The bulk of the income from this period went to a widow named Iye in Freetown, Sierra Leone, to help meet some of her most basic […]

The Advent of the Son of God

As Luke’s Gospel is read this Christmas, we should hear the message he is trying to convey, a message demonstrated neatly by the Flaminio Obelisk.

A Birthday Reflection (and Farewell, of Sorts, for Now)

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 […]

On Lucia v. SEC II (over at Law360)

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 […]

Hiding in Fear on Holy Saturday

[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 […]

“Full Costs” at the Court

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 […]

The Problem of Evil and the Advent

“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 […]

On Constitutions and Nature’s God

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 […]

Super-Duper Precedent and the Kavanaugh Hearings

[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 […]

Slavery, the Declaration of Independence, and the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights

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 […]