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Friday, March 05, 2010

Smith & Garnett on "The Unknown Justice Thomas"

The New York University Journal of Law & Liberty convened, a while back, a conference on "The Unknown Justice Thomas."  (You can find video of the conference, here, and the full published symposium here.)  My colleague Stephen Smith contributed a paper called "Clarence X?:  The Black Nationalist Behind Justice Thomas's Constitutionalism".  Also, the lovely and talented Nicole Stelle Garnett contributed a paper called "'There but for the Grace of God Go I':  Justice Thomas and the Little Guy."  Here's Nicole's abstract: 

This Essay, prepared for a NYU Journal of Law and Liberty symposium on “The Unknown Justice Thomas,” challenges the oft-repeated criticism that Justice Clarence Thomas’s opinions reflect a lack of empathy for the less fortunate. The Essay argues that, on the contrary, Justice Thomas’s opinions are replete with expressions of concern for the “little guy,” which are frequently overlooked or misinterpreted. The Essay explores three themes reflecting this concern in Thomas’s opinions.

Posted by Rick Garnett on March 5, 2010 at 03:35 PM in Rick Garnett | Permalink


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