For Openers

I missed Roberts opening statement yesterday --got too impatient with i senatori. Very nice --and apparently delivered without notes, which is incredible. I especially liked this.
I always found it very moving to stand before the justices and say, I speak for my country. But it was after I left the department and began arguing cases against the United States that I fully appreciated the importance of the Supreme Court and our constitutional system. Here was the United States, the most powerful entity in the world, aligned against my client. And, yet, all I had to do was convince the court that I was right on the law and the government was wrong and all that power and might would recede in deference to the rule of law. That is a remarkable thing.

It truly is, and something we too little appreciate and therefore too little protect.