Behind the Bench

The Supreme Court’s hearing on the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care law has attracted a nearly unprecedented amount of interest, not only from individuals demonstrating on the court’s steps—or waiting in line literally for days for a seat inside—but from organizations either supporting or opposing the law. Apparently a record number of briefs have been filed—so-called amicus curiae, in which organizations provide historical and legal data to influence the process. As these briefs are processed by the court’s law clerks, we thought we would go to Todd C. Peppers and Artemus Ward, editors of In Chambers: Stories of Supreme Court Law Clerks and Their Justices, with some of our questions about the preparation for this historic ruling.

Last Chance

We’ve just heard from Golden-Bristled Boar author Jeff Greene as he wraps his reading tour. He tell us the readings are drawing good crowds. Jeff is an excellent reader, so please make plans to attend if you’re nearby. The two remaining stops will be at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History in Pacific Grove, CA on March 13 and the First Presbyterian Church in Corvallis, OR on March 15. Both readings are at 7:00 PM.