First Principles

The Jurisprudence of Clarence Thomas

Author: Scott Douglas Gerber

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 081473099X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 281

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"...An excellent and balanced review of the justice's first years on the Court." (National Review) The paperback edition includes a provocative new Afterword by the author bringing the book up to date by assessing Justice Thomas's performance, and the reaction to his decisions, during the last five years.

The Supreme Court Opinions of Clarence Thomas, 1991-2011, 2d ed.

Author: Henry Mark Holzer

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786489758

Category: Social Science

Page: 236

View: 801

In his twenty terms as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Clarence Thomas has written nearly 450 opinions. Although they are readily available to the American people, much of the public continues to base its view of Thomas merely on the reporting by the media. This analysis of Thomas's most important majority, concurring, and dissenting opinions offers laypersons and legal professionals alike the opportunity to understand in his own words Thomas's approach to constitutional decision-making and his understanding of the most important provisions of the Constitution.

The American Judicial Tradition

Profiles of Leading American Judges

Author: G. Edward White

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195139631

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 592

View: 5224

Previous editions published : 1988 (expanded), 1976 (1st).

Original Sin

Clarence Thomas and the Failure of the Constitutional Conservatives

Author: Samuel A. Marcosson

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814756409

Category: Law

Page: 218

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Original Sin brings a rigorous review of the performance of the "new originalists" to the debate, applying their methodology to real cases. Marcosson focuses on the judicial decisions of Clarence Thomas, an avowed originalist who nevertheless advocates "color blind" readings of the Constitution which are at odds with the framers' ideas concerning anti-miscegenation and other laws.

A Distinct Judicial Power

The Origins of an Independent Judiciary, 1606-1787

Author: Scott Douglas Gerber

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019978096X

Category: Law

Page: 440

View: 1109

A Distinct Judicial Power: The Origins of an Independent Judiciary, 1606-1787, by Scott Douglas Gerber, provides the first comprehensive critical analysis of the origins of judicial independence in the United States. Part I examines the political theory of an independent judiciary. Gerber begins chapter 1 by tracing the intellectual origins of a distinct judicial power from Aristotle's theory of a mixed constitution to John Adams's modifications of Montesquieu. Chapter 2 describes the debates during the framing and ratification of the federal Constitution regarding the independence of the federal judiciary. Part II, the bulk of the book, chronicles how each of the original thirteen states and their colonial antecedents treated their respective judiciaries. This portion, presented in thirteen separate chapters, brings together a wealth of information (charters, instructions, statutes, etc.) about the judicial power between 1606 and 1787, and sometimes beyond. Part III, the concluding segment, explores the influence the colonial and early state experiences had on the federal model that followed and on the nature of the regime itself. It explains how the political theory of an independent judiciary examined in Part I, and the various experiences of the original thirteen states and their colonial antecedents chronicled in Part II, culminated in Article III of the U.S. Constitution. It also explains how the principle of judicial independence embodied by Article III made the doctrine of judicial review possible, and committed that doctrine to the protection of individual rights.

Supreme Court Justices

A Biographical Dictionary

Author: Timothy L. Hall

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438108176

Category: Judges

Page: 566

View: 6601

Presents an alphabetical listing of Supreme Court justices with a short biography on each person.

Judging Thomas

The Life and Times of Clarence Thomas

Author: Ken Foskett

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 006173733X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

View: 4527

Clarence Thomas, the youngest and most controversial member of the Supreme Court, could become the longest-serving justice in history, influencing American law for decades to come. Who is this enigmatic man? And what does he believe in? Judging Thomas tells the remarkable story of Clarence Thomas's improbable journey from hardscrabble beginnings in the segregated South to the loftiest court in the land. With objectivity and balance, author Ken Foskett chronicles Thomas's contempt for upper-crust blacks who snubbed his uneducated, working-class roots; his flirtation with the priesthood and, later, Black Power; the resentment that fueled his opposition to affirmative action; the conservative beliefs that ultimately led him to the Supreme Court steps; and the inner resilience that propelled him through the doors. Based on interviews with Thomas himself, fellow justices, family members, and hundreds of friends and associates, Judging Thomas skillfully unravels perhaps the most complex, controversial, and powerful public figure in America today.

Say It Plain

A Century of Great African American Speeches

Author: Catherine Ellis,Stephen Smith

Publisher: The New Press

ISBN: 1595587438

Category: Social Science

Page: 254

View: 8960

Say It Plain is a vivid, moving portrait of how black Americans have sounded the charge against injustice, exhorting the country to live up to its democratic principles. In “full-throated public oratory, the kind that can stir the soul” (Minneapolis Star Tribune), this unique anthology collects the transcribed speeches of the twentieth century’s leading African American cultural, literary, and political figures, many of them never before available in printed form. From an 1895 speech by Booker T. Washington to Julian Bond’s harp assessment of school segregation on the fiftieth anniversary of Brown v. Board in 2004, the collection captures a powerful tradition of oratory—by political activists, civil rights organizers, celebrities, and religious leaders—going back more than a century. The paperback edition includes the text of each speech along with an introduction placing it in its historical context. Say It Plain is a remarkable historical record—from the back-to-Africa movement to the civil rights era and the rise of black nationalism and beyond—riveting in its power to convey the black freedom struggle.

The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

Volume 10: Law and Politics

Author: James W. Ely Jr.,Bradley G. Bond

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469616742

Category: Reference

Page: 456

View: 2409

Volume 10 of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture combines two of the sections from the original edition, adding extensive updates and 53 entirely new articles. In the law section of this volume, 16 longer essays address broad concepts ranging from law schools to family law, from labor relations to school prayer. The 43 topical entries focus on specific legal cases and individuals, including historical legal professionals, parties from landmark cases, and even the fictional character Atticus Finch, highlighting the roles these individuals have played in shaping the identity of the region. The politics section includes 34 essays on matters such as Reconstruction, social class and politics, and immigration policy. New essays reflect the changing nature of southern politics, away from the one-party system long known as the "solid South" to the lively two-party politics now in play in the region. Seventy shorter topical entries cover individual politicians, political thinkers, and activists who have made significant contributions to the shaping of southern politics.

A Theory of Justice

Author: John RAWLS

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674042603

Category: Philosophy

Page: 623

View: 7084

Though the revised edition of A Theory of Justice, published in 1999, is the definitive statement of Rawls's view, so much of the extensive literature on Rawls's theory refers to the first edition. This reissue makes the first edition once again available for scholars and serious students of Rawls's work.

First Things

A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Religion and sociology

Page: N.A

View: 7449

Almanac of the Federal Judiciary

Author: Aspen Publishers Editorial

Publisher: Aspen Publishers

ISBN: 9780735568891

Category: Law

Page: 2130

View: 5265

The Almanac of the Federal Judiciary has built its considerable reputation by providing balanced, responsible judicial profiles of every federal judge and all the key bankruptcy judges and magistrate judges -- profiles that include reliable inside information based on interviews with lawyers who have argued cases before the federal judiciary. Containing valuable, hard-to-find material on every federal trial judge and appellate judge in the nation, this unique resource includes: Each judge's academic and professional background, experience on the bench, noteworthy rulings, and media coverage Candid, revealing commentary by lawyers, based on first-hand experiences before their local federal judges Helpful tips for your litigating team in shaping case strategy Important insights into each judge's style, demeanor, knowledge, and management of courtroom proceedings And continuing in-depth research, with semiannual updates. The Almanac of the Federal Judiciary is divided into two volumes: Volume 1: District Magistrates and Bankruptcy Judges Volume 2: Circuit Judges

To Secure These Rights

The Declaration of Independence and Constitutional Interpretation

Author: Scott Douglas Gerber

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814730892

Category: Law

Page: 330

View: 9249

To Secure These Rights enters the fascinating--and often contentious--debate over constitutional interpretation. Scott Douglas Gerber here argues that the Constitution of the United States should be interpreted in light of the natural rights political philosophy of the Declaration of Independence and that the Supreme Court is the institution of American government that should be primarily responsible for identifying and applying that philosophy in American life. Importantly, the theory advanced in this book--what Gerber calls liberal originalism--is neither consistently liberal nor consistently conservative in the modern conception of those terms. Rather, the theory is liberal in the classic sense of viewing the basic purpose of government to be safeguarding the natural rights of individuals. As Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men. In essence, Gerber maintains that the Declaration articulates the philosophical ends of our nation and that the Constitution embodies the means to effectuate those ends. Gerber's analysis reveals that the Constitution cannot be properly understood without recourse to history, political philosophy, and law.

Understanding Clarence Thomas

The Jurisprudence of Constitutional Restoration

Author: Ralph A. Rossum

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780700619481

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 295

View: 4361

The first thorough, well-documented, and fair-minded evaluation of Justice Thomas's 500 written opinions during 25 years on the Supreme Court, and, the most complete examination of his consistent original general meaning approach to constitutional interpretation.

The Real Clarence Thomas

Confirmation Veracity Meets Performance Reality

Author: Christopher E. Smith,Joyce A. Baugh

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN: N.A

Category: Law

Page: 235

View: 3978

Justice Clarence Thomas is a controversial figure on the U.S. Supreme Court because of sexual harassment allegations raised against him during his 1991 Senate confirmation hearings. This study avoids unanswerable questions about Thomas's past by making a straightforward comparison of his confirmation testimony about his judicial philosophy against his subsequent judicial opinions. This comparison raises serious questions about Thomas's truthfulness during his sworn testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Because the legitimacy of the courts depends on the integrity of the judges, the authors argue for increased consideration of impeachment if significant evidence indicates that judicial nominees intentionally deceived the Senate and the public about their views on law and public policy.

Seriatim

The Supreme Court Before John Marshall

Author: Scott Douglas Gerber

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814732518

Category: Law

Page: 376

View: 3690

Seldom has American law seen a more towering figure than Chief Justice John Marshall. Indeed, Marshall is almost universally regarded as the "father of the Supreme Court" and "the jurist who started it all." Yet even while acknowledging the indelible stamp Marshall put on the Supreme Court, it is possible--in fact necessary--to examine the pre-Marshall Court, and its justices, to gain a true understanding of the origins of American constitutionalism. The ten essays in this tightly edited volume were especially commissioned for the book, each by the leading authority on his or her particular subject. They examine such influential justices as John Jay, John Rutledge, William Cushing, James Wilson, John Blair, James Iredell, William Paterson, Samuel Chase, Oliver Ellsworth, and Bushrod Washington. The result is a fascinating window onto the origins of the most powerful court in the world, and on American constitutionalism itself.

My Grandfather's Son

A Memoir

Author: Clarence Thomas

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 006056556X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 6598

Provocative, inspiring, and unflinchingly honest, My Grandfather's Son is the story of one of America's most remarkable and controversial leaders, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, told in his own words. Thomas speaks out, revealing the pieces of his life he holds dear, detailing the suffering and injustices he has overcome, including the acrimonious and polarizing Senate hearing involving a former aide, Anita Hill, and the depression and despair it created in his own life and the lives of those closest to him. In this candid and deeply moving memoir, a quintessential American tale of hardship and grit, Clarence Thomas recounts his astonishing journey for the first time.

Ideas on Liberty

Author: Sheldon L. Richman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Libertarianism

Page: N.A

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Delaware Lawyer

A Publication of Delaware Bar Foundation

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Bar associations

Page: N.A

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