This weekend’s coverage of the Court focused on remarks made by Justices Samuel Alito and Antonin Scalia at the Federalist Society’s annual National Lawyers Convention. On Thursday night, Justice Alito spoke to roughly 1500 attendees about Citizens United v. FEC, his law school education, and the Constitution. Coverage of the Justice’s remarks comes from Todd Ruger at the Blog of the Legal Times and Mark Sherman of the Associated Press. In addition, at the Convention’s conclusion on Saturday afternoon, Justice Scalia spoke about his new book with Bryan Garner, Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts; the Federalist Society’s blog has coverage of the contents of his speech (h/t Howard Bashman). Finally, in an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, Michael McGough argues that it is not improper for Justices to speak at such events, but he also urges the Justices to accept invitations from groups that do not share their judicial philosophies.


  • At JURIST, Douglas NeJaime argues that in the wake of increasing popular support for same-sex marriage, opponents of same-sex marriage will find it more challenging “to paint the judiciary — and the US Supreme Court in particular — as an overreaching, out-of-touch institution on the question of same-sex marriage.”
  • In The New York Times, Adam Cohen reviews John Jenkins’s The Partisan, a new biography of former Chief Justice William Rehnquist.
  • Michael Kirkland of UPI previews Shelby County v. Holder, in which the Court will consider the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

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Recommended Citation: Marissa Miller, Monday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Nov. 19, 2012, 8:53 AM),