Monday, June 22, 2020
Today, we welcome guest blogger Joshua Silverstein (pictured at left) who has taught since 2004 at the William H. Bowen School of Law in Little Rock Arkansas. Josh graduated magna cum laude from the New York University School of Law and was named to the Order of the Coif. He also served as the Legal Theory Editor for the New York University Review of Law and Social Change while a student. After graduation, he was a law clerk to the Honorable Suzanne B. Conlon, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois. Josh then served as a litigation associate at two Chicago law firms—Mayer Brown and Freeborn & Peters. At those firms, he worked on a wide variety of cases, including products liability, bankruptcy, antitrust, and business tort disputes.
Josh’s most recent publication is an empirical study of contextualism versus textualism in connection with contract interpretation enforcement costs published in the Hofstra Law Review in 2019. That publication positions him well for this week’s deep dive into Justice Gorsuch’s textualism in last week’s decision in the Bostock case which recognized that Title VII prohibits workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or transgender status.
We are grateful to Josh for his careful exposition of the reasoning in Bostock and delighted to be able to share his insights into the case with our readers. Welcome Josh!