Feb 092017
 

Yes, I know I read judicial decisions for a living, and as someone practiced in it my notion of whether reading one is “easy” may be different than someone who has never read one. But the Ninth Circuit’s decision on the immigration Executive Order is remarkably well-written and walks clearly through each and every issue before it. In fact it is so well-written that everyone, lawyers and non-lawyers alike, should be able to read it and understand what they are reading. And it’s of such importance that everyone should try to, so that when people debate and discuss it in the coming days everyone will be able to have an informed opinion about it.

What therefore follows is a guide to reading this decision, a roadmap that explains what you are reading to help make its pages seem less intimidating. Go on and give it a shot. The decision is a little long, but there’s not too much legal gobbledygook, and what there is I try to translate below. Continue reading »

Mar 132016
 

When I was a young reader I used to read Nancy Drew mysteries. And they scared me: I couldn’t take the suspense, so I often found myself flipping to the back of the book, checking out the last page, just to know that somehow the good guys were going to come through ok. Once I knew that, I could enjoy letting the rest of the book unfold.

I find myself in this election wishing I could flip to the back of the book just to know if it’s true that everything will be ok. Continue reading »