My Talk at the Satanic Temple

I had the good fortune to be able to give a talk about how non-Christians are demanding their rightful place in public life (the subject of the book I’m working on for Stanford University Press) at the Salem headquarters of the Satanic Temple.  I think this probably makes the the first person ever to speak at both the Satanic Temple and Liberty University.  You can watch the lecture...

Talking About Emoluments to the Press, and Other Constitutional Stuff

In recent weeks, a lot of people seem to want to talk about the Constitution, including those in the media.  Luckily, because of my book The Odd Clauses (which my former law professor the awesome Pam Karlan is going to assign to her con law class this coming term!) I’ve been contacted a number of times for my thoughts about Trump and the Emoluments Clause.  I’ve been quoted in articles about the Clause in the New York Times, USA Today, and Politico.  Fun!  Even more fun was getting cited and quoted in Time on my ideas for TV shows based on obscure constitutional clauses and having my tweet about how the President can’t pardon a turkey if the turkey hasn’t committed an offense against the United States reprinted in the Miami Herald and other McClatchy...

More Fun With SCOTUS Humor

Update the number of justices who have publicly referred to my VERY IMPORTANT Supreme Court [laughter] counting to six, as it was reported on Twitter that Justice Alito mentioned it in his opening speech to the Federalist Society at its national convention in November.  Apparently he said that there are “some people who have nothing better to do than count Supreme Court laughs.” Thanks, Sam!  This made me nostalgic for the time not so long ago when Justice Kagan referred to me in a speech at the University of Arizona Law School as a “professor who counts.”  I summarize the history of my work in this area, complete with all the times the justices didn’t say my name in a way that would have helped me to sell books and send my kid to college, in this piece I wrote for Boston University’s Research...

Birds and Buddhists in NYC

I wrote a piece for the great website Religion Dispatches about a ceremony involving bird rehabilitators and Buddhist monks in Central Park.  You can read it...