I am thankful for the writing of Elizabeth Kolbert of The
New Yorker, whose work on the environment is almost always
transcendent. She deserves a Pulitzer.
She really does.
I am thankful for former Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and John Paul
Stevens, moderate jurists of another era, who continue to serve America in their
official retirement by educating people about the law. O'Connor's post-Court legacy in particular is huge -- she travels around the country lecturing about civics and judicial independence. What true patriots.
I am thankful for people like Kate Black, at the Texas
Defender Service, who works tirelessly for little pay to try to make sure that
condemned inmates in the Lone Star State get whatever constitutional rights to which they are
entitled. The criminal justice system would crash without people like Black.
I am thankful for the legal coverage of Jess Bravin at The Wall Street Journal who almost always tells me something I didn't know about the law.
I am thankful for the work of 6th U.S Circuit Judge Jeffrey Sutton, the Bush-appointee who voted earlier this year
to endorse the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and
Affordable Care Act. In a perfect world, he wouldn't be a profile in
courage. In our world, he is.
I am thankful for Howard Mortman, over at C-SPAN, who works so hard each and every year trying to bring more cameras into our federal courts. One of these decades, Howard, one of these decades.
I am thankful for Katherine Meyer, the Washington attorney who has spent so much time this year trying to keep the Bureau of Land Management honest in its stewardship of our nation's wild horses.
I am thankful for CBS Radio News' Bob Fuss, the Congressional correspondent, whose expertise about the political machinations on Capitol Hill is breathtaking.
I am thankful for the work of New Hampshire lawmaker Christopher Serlin, a Democrat from Portsmouth who has his hands full these days trying to fend off senseless partisanship at the State House in Concord.
I am thankful for James Fallows and Carl Cannon and Frontline -- but who isn't?
I am thankful for U.S. District Judge Joseph Tauro, the Massachusetts jurist who led the way toward the dismantling of the Defense of Marriage Act, and for U.S. District Judge William Nealon, the Pennsylvania jurist and Kennedy appointee who still serves his country 50 years later.
I am thankful for Colbert and Stewart, Lithwick and Liptak, the dissents of Justices Elena Kagan and Antonin Scalia and, of course, this year especially, Wickard v. Filburn.