Justice Thomas’ 25 Years on the Supreme Court

At the Balkinization blog, I recently posted this, which might be of interest to some on this blog:

This month marks the 25th year that Justice Clarence Thomas has been on the Supreme Court, which means he has now served one year longer than the man he replaced, Justice Thurgood Marshall (for whom I had the honor of clerking).  The major media are beginning to recognize this milestone, as in the stories here, here, and here. 

Very few academic symposia exist thus far that are devoted to assessing the body of work Justice Thomas has produced in that quarter century.  Among the most prominent law schools, the only such symposium of which I am aware is one produced nine years ago by the NYU Journal of Law and Liberty, entitled The Unknown Justice.  Contributors included federal and state judges, such as David Sentelle of the D.C. Circuit and Robert S. Smith of the NY Court of Appeals; academics, such as Professors Nicole Garnett, Greg Maggs, Sam Issacharoff, Stephen Smith; and others.  For that collection of articles, see Vol. 4, No. 3, at this link. For journalists looking for academic assessments of Justice Thomas’ work on the Court, this symposium offers a rich set of perspectives.

I wrote the brief introduction to that Symposium, in which I described my personal experiences with Justice Thomas, which stem from a scholarship program he’s been involved with at NYU for nearly two decades and conferences we have jointly hosted.  That introduction is here.

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