Tag Archives: Supreme Court

Textualism is not Strict Constructionism is not Originalism

As President Donald Trump prepares to appoint a second Supreme Court justice, the national dialogue has been saturated with gossip over what judicial philosophy the next nominee might bring to the bench. For legal nerds, SCOTUS nominations are what the World Cup is to soccer fans: the one time everyone else cares about your passion. […]

Is the “Auer” at Hand to Reconsider Seminole Rock Deference?

Regular readers may recall an essay I posted a few months back, which I wrote for the Pacific Legal Foundation’s law student writing competition. In that essay, I discussed the administrative law doctrine known as Auer (or Seminole Rock) deference, and I highlighted recent calls for reconsidering or abrogating the doctrine. As I stated there: […]

Ad Fontes: SCOTUS’s Week in Review

A quick take on the Supreme Court’s opinions released on June 19, 2017.

Federalism 2: The Revenge

In 1993, Congress passed the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act. Among its various initiatives, it provided for the creation of a national background check system by which to screen prospective gun purchasers. This created a dilemma, however: the United States is a mess of separate and overlapping jurisdictions, and most crime is dealt with at […]

Justice Gorsuch’s Greatest Hits – Circuit Edition

Justice Gorsuch is just about to start his tenure on the highest court in the land, but he’s already got quite a few great quotes among his many opinions during his time on the Tenth Circuit. Here, in no particular order, is a sneak preview of things to come. *********************************** “In enlightenment theory and hard won […]

The Feinstein Paradox

Judge Gorsuch’s nomination hearings began today. Much could be said given all that was uttered from the dais, but I’ll keep my powder dry regarding most of it. I would like to focus on one highlight, however – I’ll call it the Feinstein Paradox.* In her opening statement, Senator Feinstein highlighted “the 14 key cases […]

“Acutely Aware of My Own Imperfections” – A Modest Skeptic for the Supreme Court

Senate Judiciary Committee hearings regarding the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of the United States begin Monday. Like most hearings of this nature, these will undoubtedly prove to be some mix of pomp and circumstance, political theatrics, and run-of-the-mine congressional inquiry. It has become increasingly apparent that the left side of […]