Beyond the Bench: Final Thoughts

After a few weeks’ worth of writing, I’ve produced a draft of my final research essay that I’m quite pleased with. After getting over the initial panic of starting a long paper, I really enjoyed crafting my final essay and reviewing all of the fascinating extrajudicial works by Supreme Court justices I had the pleasure […]

Beyond the Bench: Evaluating the Role of Memoir and Autobiography

In this post, I’d like to narrow my focus a bit from extrajudicial writings in general to the role of memoir and autobiography in institutional analysis of the Supreme Court. Of the eleven books by Supreme Court justices I read this summer, three could appropriately be classified as memoir or autobiography: The Memoirs of Chief […]

Beyond the Bench: The Value of Extrajudicial Writings

Now that I’m well into my research essay, I finally feel ready to offer some conclusions about the value of the extrajudicial writings of Supreme Court justices for institutional analysis of the Supreme Court. My argument is that scholars should cast a critical eye over the published works of Supreme Court justices for three principal […]