Friday, May 30, 2008
The Pop Stars of Con Law
The New Orleans trip was for the annual federal defender conference. The highlight for me is the Supreme Court Round Up session with constitutional law scholars that come in to catch us up on the cutting edge of what is going on with the criminal law and the high court. Erwin Chemerinsky and Susan Herman are rock stars in the constitutional law field and they spent the morning breaking it down. When they started bantering back and forth about this year's big cases, it felt like the room was going to lift off the ground from the brainpower being brought to bear. Being super sharp is one thing, but being able to communicate and breathe life into a subtlety about federalism is pretty thrilling to behold. I resisted the urge to throw a little white stuffed bear holding a heart at the podium.