"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
-- Proverbs 29:18, King James Bible (KJV)

Friday, June 05, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Celebrity Justices and Extrajudicial Speech: Some Lead, Others Follow

Richard Hasen has a marvelous article on "Celebrity Justices" of the U.S. Supreme Court, present and past, at Hasen, Richard L., Essay: Celebrity Justice: Supreme Court Edition (May 30, 2015). UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2015-61. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2611729

We note especially as a Paul, Weiss law firm alum that 4 of the top 10 "Celebrity Justices"  on Hasen's list were either associates or partners at the international New York City headquartered law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. Justice Goldberg was a letterhead partner in his day and Justices Ginsburg, Kagan and Sotomayor were summer associates at Paul, Weiss at the start of their legal careers.

Such Justices are by nature people who are at the center of what is happening and that description also fits the Paul, Weiss law firm. It is no surprise to find their alumni leading the vanguard of expanded Supreme Court media presence via extrajudicial speech in our modern digital age.

Consider here as a personal aside that in my day there was one particular Paul, Weiss associate who billed more time than anyone else doing what was then absolutely new and pioneer "computer legal research". You can guess who that was.

Some people lead. Others follow.
That is the nature of the world.

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Sky Earth Native America 1 :
American Indian Rock Art Petroglyphs Pictographs
Cave Paintings Earthworks & Mounds as Land Survey & Astronomy
Volume 1, Edition 2, 266 pages, by Andis Kaulins.

  • Sky Earth Native America 2 :
    American Indian Rock Art Petroglyphs Pictographs
    Cave Paintings Earthworks & Mounds as Land Survey & Astronomy
    Volume 2, Edition 2, 262 pages, by Andis Kaulins.

  • Both volumes have the same cover except for the labels "Volume 1" viz. "Volume 2".
    The image on the cover was created using public domain space photos of Earth from NASA.


    Both book volumes contain the following basic book description:
    "Alice Cunningham Fletcher observed in her 1902 publication in the American Anthropologist
    that there is ample evidence that some ancient cultures in Native America, e.g. the Pawnee in Nebraska,
    geographically located their villages according to patterns seen in stars of the heavens.
    See Alice C. Fletcher, Star Cult Among the Pawnee--A Preliminary Report,
    American Anthropologist, 4, 730-736, 1902.
    Ralph N. Buckstaff wrote:
    "These Indians recognized the constellations as we do, also the important stars,
    drawing them according to their magnitude.
    The groups were placed with a great deal of thought and care and show long study.
    ... They were keen observers....
    The Pawnee Indians must have had a knowledge of astronomy comparable to that of the early white men."
    See Ralph N. Buckstaff, Stars and Constellations of a Pawnee Sky Map,
    American Anthropologist, Vol. 29, Nr. 2, April-June 1927, pp. 279-285, 1927.
    In our book, we take these observations one level further
    and show that megalithic sites and petroglyphic rock carving and pictographic rock art in Native America,
    together with mounds and earthworks, were made to represent territorial geographic landmarks
    placed according to the stars of the sky using the ready map of the starry sky
    in the hermetic tradition, "as above, so below".
    That mirror image of the heavens on terrestrial land is the "Sky Earth" of Native America,
    whose "rock stars" are the real stars of the heavens, "immortalized" by rock art petroglyphs, pictographs,
    cave paintings, earthworks and mounds of various kinds (stone, earth, shells) on our Earth.
    These landmarks were placed systematically
    in North America, Central America (Meso-America) and South America
    and can to a large degree be reconstructed as the Sky Earth of Native America."

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