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Justice Thomas To Give Papers to UGA, May Teach Class:
From the Athens Banner-Herald (free registration required):
  U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas ended a two-day visit to the University of Georgia with a short speech upon accepting a Blue Key National Honor Society Service Award on Friday night.
  Thomas, a Savannah-area native who was appointed to the high court in 1991 by President George H.W. Bush, said that with all the mistakes made in the United States, up and coming leaders, including those at UGA, have a calling to make a difference.
  "At some point, somebody has to stand up and lead," Thomas said in his keynote speech at the annual Blue Key Awards Banquet at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. "In Washington, there is all this bickering ... but I like the tone of what I hear on this campus."
  Thomas said he hopes to return to UGA next year to teach a course in constitutional or educational law and announced that he will leave his papers to UGA.
  This week was Thomas' third visit to UGA in the past three years - he delivered the graduation speech at the UGA School of Law in 2003 and since has spoken at the law school at the invitation of a student group.
Thanks to How Appealing for the link.
Shake-N-Bake (www):
Wonder how long the waiting list will be to get into that class? Whether you agree with his judicial philosophy or not, it would be a tremendous opportunity to take a class, any class, from a sitting Justice.
10.23.2006 2:32pm
Fingerprint File (mail):
Personally, I would rather take a class from a Justice who I didn't agree with - I'd probably learn a lot more. I think a class taught by Thomas would be amazing.
10.23.2006 2:37pm
AnandaG:
It would almost be worth going to law school to take a course in con law taught by a sitting justice.
10.23.2006 2:49pm
JRL:
I doubt it's a law school course. It would probably be undergrad like the one he did at Hillsdale.

I love this from article:


Thomas also offered the students some practical advice on choosing a law school, encouraging prospective law students to choose a school that would teach the actual law as opposed to the theory of law. A graduate of Yale, Thomas discouraged attendance there and instead praised the University of Chicago for its law program.
10.23.2006 2:59pm
goesh (mail):
I've called him High Handed Clarence for some time now, ever since the time it appeared he almost squirreled away from briefs and rushed off alone to break new ground on an abortion issue.
10.23.2006 3:10pm
OrinKerr:
Goesh,

What does it mean to "appear to almost squirrel away" from a brief?
10.23.2006 3:27pm
Arvin (mail) (www):
Wait a minute. Justice Thomas talks?
10.23.2006 3:57pm
jack (mail):
Justice Thomas has been known to give short one- or two-day classes on jurisprudence before, is that what he's talking about here? I'm thinking of something like this, at Drake law school.
10.23.2006 4:32pm
default:
Does this mean Thomas is retiring? Becauese that would be AWESOME.
10.23.2006 4:57pm
default:
Does this mean Thomas is retiring? Because that would be AWESOME.
10.23.2006 4:57pm
Hoosier:
UGa--Where the hobgobblins of the academic left go to pick up a paycheck. Dean Rusk ended up at Georgia Law, after his previous job didn't go so well. (No one else would hire him in '69.)

Perhaps they'll make a spot for Rumsfeld.
10.23.2006 5:02pm
Christopher Cooke (mail):
It is a kind gesture of Thomas to teach a course and I am sure we can all acknowledge that fact. I am certain, as a Supreme Court justice, he could impart some very interesting perspectives on Constitutional law, and, if I were a student at UGA, I would take his class. That said, I have never been that impressed with his legal reasoning or the depth of his knowledge of constitutional law, at least not as reflected in his opinions (by contrast, Bork, although equally doctrinaire, is an impressive scholar, and so is Scalia).
10.23.2006 5:17pm
Barry P. (mail):
It's hard to imagine Thomas saying enough to fill a lecture, let alone a course.
10.23.2006 5:29pm
Ryan Waxx:
You mean ol' Thomas finally found a university where the local animals don't pelt him with oreos when he visits? The author of that article seems to have buried the lede!
10.23.2006 5:51pm
MS (mail):
Thomas is the only Justice on the Court radical enough to pass as a con-law professor.
10.23.2006 6:05pm
Tom952 (mail):
UGA = Rodney Dangerfield of academia?
10.23.2006 6:24pm
Ryan Waxx:
Tom, would you care to share with the group any reason UGA should be so considered?

...Other than the surely damning allegation of having "Thomas Cooties", of course.
10.23.2006 6:47pm
Justin (mail):
I'm jealous. Lucky dawgs.
10.23.2006 7:19pm
Greedy Clerk (mail):
It's hard to imagine Thomas saying enough to fill a lecture, let alone a course.

Although I am definitely not a fan of Justice Thomas's jurisprudence (his dissent in Hamdi [not HamdAN] -- where he expressed views none of the other Justices even thought plausible -- was an absolute disgrace, contrary to the text of the Constitution and almost 1000 years of Anglo-American tradition), he gets a bad rap for not saying much at oral argument. Frankly, plenty of the Justices (Scalia and Breyer for the most prominent examples -- and Judge Kozinski as an example at the appellate level) would do better if they weren't so enamored with hearing themselves speak and listened to the attorneys for a change. Furthermore, the "liberals" who explicitly or implicitly use Thomas's lack of speaking at oral argument as evidence of his lack of intellect were not bothered when Justice Douglas (agree or not, he was definitely a smart dude and was/is a hero to many (not me) "liberal" followers of the Supreme Court) hardly ever spoke during oral argument and in fact worked on other matters from the bench all but ignoring oral argument (I believe his clerks used to bring him materials during the middle of argument). . . . Just an observation.
10.23.2006 7:29pm
Conor (mail):
Really Tom? I went to UGA and I'll guarantee you I had a higher LSAT than you, obtained a better judicial clerkship and was hired by a more prestigious law firm.

So, now that that's out of the way, you can proceed directly to kissing my ass.
10.23.2006 7:37pm
Christopher Cooke (mail):
Alright, here is a trivia question based on UGA: What attorney and alumnus of Univ. of Georgia named his dogs "UGA," and in which book/movie is this mentioned?

Note: the lawyer isn't Clarence Thomas, so maybe Orin will delete my post, but at least it is based on UGA
10.23.2006 7:52pm
Greedy Clerk (mail):
Conor -- you may have gotten a good LSAT score, but you really need to work on your reading comprehension skills. I suggest you go back, read Tom's comment, and figure out what he meant by it. Remember what Rodney's famous line was . . .
10.23.2006 8:19pm
Constantin:
Awesome post, Conor. Along with your unrivaled LSAT and clerkship and job, you must be blessed with an amazing ability to detect true identities of anonymous internet users.

There are some smart and accomplished guys and gals that read and post on this site. Two of them I know personally were Supreme Court clerks.

So yeah, someone has to be the smartest kid in the class. I can't say for sure you're not him, and you can't say for sure you are. (But guess what? The odds are in my favor. And that's even before your humiliated yourself by misreading the guy's comment.)
10.23.2006 9:47pm
SimonD (www):
That ought to shut up the crowd who say that Thomas' law clerks do all the work. ;)
10.23.2006 9:49pm
Mike Wells (mail):
I think it is a fine thing that Justice Thomas would like to come back to U. Ga. A vaiety of perspectives is always better than only one. If Justice Stevens would like to come, that would be an equally fine thing.
10.23.2006 10:05pm
Shake-N-Bake (www):
Greedy Clerk: Conor was probably too busy thinking about how awesome he is for having his LSAT score, clerkship and prestigious firm to have bothered to see such classics as Caddyshack and Back to School.

I'd bet on it, but gambling is illegal at Bushwood.

Best I did for having a unique experience professor-wise was taking a class on the UN Security Council from a former ambassador to the Council. That, and being in Yale Kamisar's last CrimPro class at UM. Would have been pretty darn cool to take a class from Thomas or any other current or former Justice, I know that's one I would have found a way to fit into the schedule.
10.23.2006 10:26pm
Christopher Cooke (mail):
Rodney D. was famous for saying "I can't get no respect." I always found him quite funny, and I am not sure Tom952 was intending a slight. Maybe Tom952 meant that UGA deserved more respect than it has received.
10.23.2006 10:54pm
John Doe (mail):
So, I wonder why things have changed at UGA since this post?
10.23.2006 11:06pm
Kovarsky (mail):
Tom and Conor,

Gross. Stop.

Everyone else,

Thomas taught the bivens portion of my fed courts class and I can assure you, he is quite the entertaining speaker. Not just brilliant, but also entertaining. Of course that would explain why my take on Bivens is completely at odds with just about everything else I think I think, but I think that's part credit to Thomas.
10.24.2006 12:08am
Waldensian (mail):
I'm much, much smarter than Conor. Actually I'm smarter than all of you. My LSAT score was so high that the LSAT people tried to make me President of the LSAT, worldwide, for life. But I declined so that I could accept a job at the most prestigious law firm in the whole universe in the entire history of time.

Now I hear that they want me to be Pope next. And I'm not even Catholic. I'm just that good. But if I were to be celibate, all the world's women would probably want to kill themselves, like when Valetino died.

And even with all those advantages over mere mortals, I'm still trying to figure out Thomas's dissent in Hamdi.
10.24.2006 1:44am
poster child (mail):

You mean ol' Thomas finally found a university where the local animals don't pelt him with oreos when he visits? The author of that article seems to have buried the lede!


We didn't pelt him with oreos when he came to speak at UNC, but the African-American faculty members did boycott his entire visit, which was nice. Eric Muller could tell you more about that proud moment in UNC Law School history. Personally, I thought that it was a pretty stupid move for a school where SCOTUS clerkships are rather rare.
10.24.2006 10:08am
SimonD (www):
the African-American faculty members did boycott his entire visit, which was nice
When did overt racism become "nice"? Truly, "how dare you, a black man, not hold the correct black political views; I'm boycotting you" doesn't strike me as being "nice."
10.24.2006 10:15am
jack (mail):
Internet sarcasm, SimonD -- don't take it personally.
10.24.2006 10:54am
WHOI Jacket:
I mean, come on. It's U(sic)Ga, fer crying out loud....


/go jackets
10.24.2006 11:59am
watcher:
I'm much, much smarter than Conor. Actually I'm smarter than all of you. My LSAT score was so high that the LSAT people tried to make me President of the LSAT, worldwide, for life. But I declined so that I could accept a job at the most prestigious law firm in the whole universe in the entire history of time.

Now I hear that they want me to be Pope next. And I'm not even Catholic. I'm just that good. But if I were to be celibate, all the world's women would probably want to kill themselves, like when Valetino died.


This is by far the funniest thing I have ever read on this site.
10.24.2006 7:01pm
David W Drake (mail):
Christopher--

Frank W. "Sonny" Seiler and one of the UGAs was in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. UGA, who is of course a bulldog, is the mascot of the Georgia Bulldogs.
Check him out this weekend when UGA plays the Hated Gators.

BTW I think it's great that Justice Thomas thinks so much of UGA.
10.25.2006 1:58pm
gravytop (mail) (www):
I try try and TRY not to let schadenfreude get the best of me, but seeing someone like Conor go on about how bril he is, all the while publicly demonstrating that he has no grasp of either metaphor or popular American culture is just so darn satisfying.
10.25.2006 8:56pm
Christopher Cooke (mail):
David: Yes, you win the prize. "UGA" and Mr. Seiler were two of my favorite parts of the book. (The movie wasn't nearly as good). Mr. Seiler's family has raised the bulldog and mascot of the University of Georgia for a long time. I guess Justice Thomas, who grew up in Georgia, is now feeling more fond of his home state.

Although I disagree with many of his opinions, I would certainly take a class from Justice Thomas (those days are long gone), or, more likely, hear him speak. A big problem with our society is the lack of tolerance of different points of view, and the lack of civility towards political opponents. I blame it on that evil m____cker, Bush (just kidding).
10.26.2006 6:51pm