As the late Justice John Paul Stevens lies in repose in the Supreme Court’s Great Hall today, court-watchers continue to reflect on Stevens’ life in the law. At Stanford Law School’s Legal Aggregate blog, John Donohue suggests that Stevens “came to be defined in part by his sharply contrasting antagonist Antonin Scalia.” In an op-ed for The New York Times, Linda Greenhouse maintains that Stevens’ “approach to abortion cases, and the way that approach changed over the decades, exemplifies the kind of judge he was: attentive to facts, open to argument, impatient with intellectual shortcuts, persuaded that civility offered a more reliable route to success than invective.” Daniel Cotter discusses Stevens’ legacy in a WTAX podcast.
- At CNN, Joan Biskupic writes that in remarks at Georgetown Law last week about the importance of respecting precedent, Justice Elena Kagan “turned a Spider-Man refrain into a Supreme Court ideal.”
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