Monday, December 6, 2010

Karlan on Judicial Activism

Karlan_Pamela In a column for Boston Review, Pamela Karlan - - - once mentioned as a possible Obama Supreme Court nominee - - - provides her perspective on judicial activism, including her observation that the

phrase “judicial activist” (or “activist judge”) is so frequently used that it has come to exemplify what George Orwell described in the 1946 essay “Politics and the English Language” as a term with “no meaning except in so far as it signifies ‘something not desirable.’”

Karlan also provides a bit of perspective Justice Roberts - - - Justice Owen Roberts - - - and the issue of legislators who abdicate their own responsibility to the Constitution.

The column packs a lot of important ideas into a easily readable and condensed form.  ConLawProfs teaching undergraduate courses might find this column could be the solid basis for an assignment, either at the beginning of next semester or the close of this one.  "Discuss."   


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