Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Some of us need grading distractions that have some slight justification for our attention. It must be all the hubbub about Justice Scalia appearing on 60 Minutes, or maybe it's the after-effect of all that history in the HBO series on John Adams, but as one who loves teaching appellate advocacy, I find myself very curious about the justices of the United States Supreme Court. So one of my grading distractions has been to peruse the fine offerings of the Supreme Court Historical Society.
For example, did you know that although John Jay was the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, he resigned after five years to become the Governor of New York? And do you know who was the only Supreme Court justice to have been impeached? Can you name the justice who was a Congressman from Maine, Attorney General and a Special Ambassador to Mexico? Which justice's oral history interviews became a best-selling book? Which two justices were the subjects of biographies written by their wives?
Don't know? Can't stand not knowing? I would tell you the answers, but the point of this posting is to give you a grading distraction. You will just have to go visit the site and find the answers for yourself.