F1@1F in New York Times, Green Bag

Posted in Endorsements by Mike Sacks on December 27, 2010

The First Lady of First One @ One First and I just returned home after a day at the National Museum of American History to find the Internet bearing two holiday gifts for F1@1F:

  • For the third time this year, F1@1F will be in the pages of the New York Times.  Adam Liptak’s Sidebar column for tomorrow’s paper, in which he writes about Sotomayor’s spreading her liberal wings this term, concludes with references to this “amusing and astute post.”  Thank you for all of your support this year, Adam!
  • In addition, my ABA Journal column from the final day of the 2009-10 term is among the “Recommended Reading” in this year’s edition of the Green Bag Almanac and Reader (see page 9).  I’m quite humbled and honored to be listed among some giants in Supreme Court reporting, and only hope my luck continues into 2011.

Thanks to all of my readers for making 2010 an extraordinary year.  Keep your eye on the site later this week for a post commemorating F1@1F’s one year anniversary.

Two More Links

Posted in Weekend Reading by Mike Sacks on October 2, 2010

The the Christian Science Monitor and the ABA Journal have both published to the web the second of two pieces each I wrote for their latest issues.

From the Monitor’s October 4 issue, “What If Terry Jones Went to Sweden?“:

In America, we can paint a Hitler mustache on the president’s likeness without fear of the government’s wrath.  But in Jordan, a poem critical of the king can get a writer jailed.

The article is a quick and far-from-exhaustive global free speech survey to supplement Warren Richey’s cover story on free speech in America.  Richey’s piece is a great and timely read: it operates both in the wake of the Florida preacher’s Quran burning threats last month and in anticipation for the Court’s hearing arguments in Snyder v. Phelps this coming Wednesday.

From the ABA Journal’s October issue, “The Ultimate Field Trip“:

Hugo M. Pfaltz Jr. likes to say that in 12 years of appearing before the U.S. Supreme Court, he never failed to come through for the people he represented. “Each time my motion has been approved without dissent,” he says. Granted, Pfaltz does not appear before the justices to argue controversial matters of constitutional law. Instead, for the past dozen years he has closed a session of the Supreme Court by moving that a group of attorneys accompanying him be admitted to practice before its bar.

For this story, I joined the ABA’s Senior Lawyers Division annual Memorial Day trip to Washington, DC, to report on their getting sworn into the Supreme Court bar.  The several dozen lawyers in the group came from all over the country for a chance to stand before the justices, and it was my honor to highlight the experience.

New ABA Journal Piece – October 2010 Issue

Posted in Non-justiciable, Vox Populi by Mike Sacks on September 21, 2010

The ABA Journal has just published on their website my feature essay, “By Dawn’s Light,” for the October 2010 print issue.  The piece is a retrospective of my experiences on the Court’s sidewalk through this past winter and spring.

From my first morning on Jan. 11 until my final overnight on June 27, I witnessed relationships and communities being formed among men and women whose personal engagement with the American system of government transcended their political differences.

I wasn’t always first in line, despite my aspirational title (I was six for 10, for the record), but whether I was first in line, second, third, fifth or 34th, I found all around me new friends cutting through the cold by the warmth of each other’s company.

Loyal F1@1F readers will find some familiar tableaus in the story, but it serves as a good refresher on what’s to come this next term.  I invite new readers clicking over from the essay to plumb F1@1F’s archives for my real-time reflections and photos on the days of my campouts.


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Nominate F1@1F for ABA Journal’s Blawg 100!

Posted in Non-justiciable by Mike Sacks on September 14, 2010

As F1@1F gears up for Justice Kagan’s debut, revealed rocket scientists, überviolent video games, fire-and-brimstone funeral picketers, Costco-wholesaled watches, California prison overcrowding, and death row DNA testing, please consider being my Blawg 100 Amici for the ABA Journal’s annual lawblog rankings.  Here are the guidelines:

[T]ell us about a blawg—not your own—that you read regularly and think other lawyers should know about. If there is more than one blawg you want to support, feel free to send us more amici through the form. We’ll be including some of the best comments in our Blawg 100 coverage. But keep your remarks pithy—you have a 500-character limit.

So if you have enjoyed my reports from oral arguments, stories from the Supreme Court Side Walk, and general analysis of SCOTUS and SCOTUS-potential issues, click on over and give F1@1F 500 characters of love.


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