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Scalia's Infidelity at UCLA
On Thursday I will be speaking at UCLA School of Law on Scalia's Infidelity: A Critique of Faint-Hearted Originalism, a topic on which I spoke last week at the University of Iowa. The program will be at 12:30-1:20 p.m. in Room 1327. Be sure to introduce yourself as a VC reader.

This will be my last talk of the school year. This year has been extremely intense, starting with my visit in the fall semester to Georgetown, during which time I commuted home to Boston on weekends. Then this semester, I crammed a year's worth of conferences and speaking invitations into one semester, at the same time I ended up having to brief and argue the Raich case in the Ninth Circuit and house-hunt in DC. I am looking to a more tranquil summer during which I can make progress on the new Constitutional Law casebook I am writing, as well as doing some more blogging, before moving to the Georgetown University Law Center in the fall.
SLS 1L:
Still bitter about Raich, eh?
4.11.2006 4:11pm
Randy Barnett (mail) (www):
Not especially, no. It wasn't personal. Neither is this essay.
4.11.2006 4:13pm
Mike BUSL07 (mail) (www):
Yeah, so with Prof Barnett leaving, does BU still have any libertarian-friendly con law teachers? I took civil liberties last semester, and libertarian-friendly it was not.
4.11.2006 4:32pm
William Spieler (mail) (www):
YAY!!!! Can't wait to see you again next year!
4.11.2006 4:50pm
Been There, Done That:
Was Georgetown aware of your ideological leanings before they hired you????

If you walk into the same room as Charles Lawrence or Mark Tushnet, is that like a matter/anti-matter thing that could destabalize the atmosphere?
4.11.2006 5:28pm
Anon E Moose:
Being personally invested in house-hunting, do you share your co-conspirator's (Prof. Bernstein) views on the DC housing market? The eternal question; buy or rent?
4.11.2006 5:30pm
Andrew Hyman (mail) (www):
Perhaps the Ninth Amendment guarantees the right of professors to inhabit really nice houses in DC? :-)
4.11.2006 5:46pm
Thief (mail) (www):

If you walk into the same room as Charles Lawrence or Mark Tushnet, is that like a matter/anti-matter thing that could destabalize the atmosphere?


Dunno about Lawrence, but Tushnet has been safely removed to Harvard if Leiter is to be believed.

P.S. There are many, many loyal VC readers among GULC people... even a few of the staff!
4.11.2006 5:49pm
Randy Barnett (mail) (www):
I generally share David's views of the housing market but we found a very distressed property that we will be spending the next year renovating. The total price should insulate us a bit from any declines, but we plan to be living there a long time so at the price we are paying are not that concerned. I already told David about our decision and he concurred. Of greater concern is selling our house in Newton, MA.

Yes, Georgetown was well aware of my views when they hired me, which they consider a feature not a bug, as they have been seeking intellectual diversity in recent years. Georgetown Law is a very collegial place and the other profs treated me warmly and respectfully during my visit. I am looking forward to joining the community there, as well as to spending time with the students. I was saddened that Mark Tushnet decided to leave, but happy for him. I know what it feels like to use a change of environment and Mark has been at Georgetown a very long time.
4.11.2006 5:58pm
Hanah Volokh (mail) (www):
We're really looking forward to seeing you here at Georgetown. I'm signing up for all three of your classes that are not restricted to 1L's.
4.11.2006 6:21pm
Aaron:
Too bad. I was hoping that you could get Prof. Tushnet to say "inconceivable!" one last time...
4.11.2006 6:33pm
Thief (mail) (www):

Too bad. I was hoping that you could get Prof. Tushnet to say "inconceivable!" one last time...


Someone please tell me that someone in one of his classes or in a debate has quoted Inigo Montoya from the Princess Bride back to him: "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

/sorry, couldn't resist... even though I've never met the good professor...
4.11.2006 6:51pm
Brian Frye (mail) (www):
Congratulations on the move to Georgetown, Professor Barnett. I expect you'll find it congenial.

Incidentally, while I recall Professor Tushnet's fondness for the phrase "fair enough, fair enough," I don't remember "inconceivable." But that was nearly 3 years ago. Perhaps he's moved on.
4.11.2006 8:43pm