Category Pensees

Consumed by Hate, Redeemed by Love: A Reflection

We are pleased to share this guest post by Michael Grant, currently in his final year at the Georgetown University Law Center. At Georgetown, Michael is the Senior Submissions Editor for the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics. He is also involved in Home Court, an annual charity basketball game between Georgetown faculty and staff and […]

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 […]

Courthouses Should Be Beautiful

[Eds. Note: We’re pleased to be able to share this piece by John Ehrett, who joins us as a guest author] Most government buildings are pathologically ugly. By “government buildings,” I don’t mean iconic structures like the Lincoln Memorial or the White House. I mean the garden-variety government buildings that sit in medium- to large-sized […]


A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers. -H.L. Mencken


Empathy should always frame our response to reality. –In hearing stories; –In resolving disputes; –In settling controversies; –In parsing issues; –In counseling others; –In meting out judgment; We should be “quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger….” Empathy should not frame our perception of reality. –In ascertaining facts; –In deducing truth; –In deciding […]


You can never discover the truth if you never allege what you suspect the truth to be.