The Book of Judges

The restrained vision of the federal judiciary that has for some time dominated the jurisprudence of right-leaning American legal theorists and lawyers in this country is now under fire. In writings both academic and popular, many libertarian and classical liberal scholars clamor for the supposed symmetry of substantive due process or the bold recovery of…

Remembering Martha Derthick

Martha Derthick, the grande dame of American federalism and a dear friend and mentor, died earlier this month at the…

Higher Education and the Long Arm of the Law, Part I

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) handed down a decision in December 2014 that has great import for the relationship…

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Mike Rappaport
University of San Diego School of Law

Originalism and Comparative Constitutional Law

One of the challenges often made to originalism is that so many other countries do…

Ramsey and Tillman on the Receive Ambassadors Clause

Over at the Originalism Blog, Mike Ramsey and Seth Barrett Tillman have been debating whether…

More on Bias in the Implementation of Sexual Assault Laws

Via Eugene Volokh, I came upon this article in the American Prospect by feminist advocate…

John O. McGinnis
Northwestern University School of Law

Unfunded Future Forgiveness

This weekend The New York Times presented an article about the current structure of student…

Our Hereditary Candidates and Campaign Finance Regulation

It is remarkable that four of the leading likely candidates to become the next President…

Another Step Toward Neutral Principles in Campaign Regulation

This week the Supreme Court heard argument in Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar. The case…

Michael S. Greve
George Mason School of Law

Remembering Martha Derthick

Martha Derthick, the grande dame of American federalism and a dear friend and mentor, died…

Eggstraterrritorial Federalism

The Wall Street Journal, among other news outlets, reports that egg prices in California have…

DOJ’s Reply Brief in King: They’re under Water and They Know It

I haven’t had much time to parse the government’s reply brief in King v. Burwell.…

Liberty Law Forum

Gregory Peck Dies at 87

Where Did the Noble Lawyer Go?: Looking for Cicero in the Boardroom or on the Billboard

Marcus Tullius Cicero, born to a little-known family of Rome’s minor nobility, rose to become the Republic’s great defender, chief conciliator, and enduring interpreter of its laws. His murder for opposing the tyranny of Mark Antony and Octavian, or Caesar Augustus, and the clarity of his writings on the law and republican ideals of Rome…

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Responses

Teaching the Law’s Moral Purposes

I am an admirer of Steve Sheppard and of his scholarship. His book on the ethical obligations of lawyers is not just as a reminder of the necessity for lawyers to comply with lawyerly standards. More than formal compliance with the canons of ethics is needed today.[1] Serious consideration of the true moral purposes of…

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Wherefore Art Thou Cicero?

With “Where did the Noble Lawyer Go?: Looking for Cicero in the Boardroom and on the Billboard,” Professor Stephen Sheppard has provided us with a provocative, as one expects from the editor of the three-volume Selected Works of Sir Edward Coke,[1] rumination on the decline of the legal profession. He contrasts the lawyer of today…

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Cicero, Demythologized and Disenchanted, and Still a Voice Worth Heeding

I am fascinated with Stephen Sheppard's essay on Cicero and the modern American lawyer.  In a sense, he is calling me back to those ideals I held so dear as an entering one-L a long time ago. Cicero, it is not too strong to say this, is one of the reasons I went to law school.…

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