Articles and talks
Writing and Speaking Over Time
The substantive range and content of the selected articles and talks speak for themselves—space exploration, baseball, nuclear power, urban culture, basketball, Mexican drug trafficking, Catholic Social Teaching, and others. They reflect what I describe elsewhere—moving sideways, exploring substantive interests and integrating them into what I know. They all share an exploration of culture and underlying values, making judgments among competing social forces, deciding what’s right and risking criticism but not at the loss of ideas. The most personal articles: “The ‘Crimson Horde’ captured the Soul of New Haven”(2008), published on the precise day of the 50th anniversary of the victory celebration and written within months of my brother Richard’s death; and “Preservation of Baseball Tradition is at Stake in Rose Affair”(1989), written from the perspective of having played “third base for Golden Crest during the 1956 season of the Annex Little League.” I also knew Bart Giamatti during his tenure as President of Yale. He died shortly after the article and his decision concerning Pete Rose’s fate.
The most revelatory article: “The Essential Controversy: The Catholic Church, Its Social Teaching in America, and Those Who Have Defined It.” (2005). Writing it provided a useful perspective on what motivated many Catholics toward social justice, sometimes intuitively, who wondered why the Church had moved so dramatically away from an emphasis on its own teaching. The work also provided insight for me into the Supreme Court, as it grew more Catholic in composition, and the broader debate in America about individual, corporate, and governmental duty that continued to inform my writing and actions.
- “The ‘Crimson Horde’ captured the soul of New Haven“, New Haven Register (2008)
- ”PERSPECTIVE: Roberts Took Narrow View of Court’s Power to Decide” (New York Law Journal, September, 2005)
- “Drifting in Space: Values and a Policy Vacuum,” Chicago Tribune (1987)
- “Three Mile Island: A Breach of Faith Not Yet Repaired,” Chicago Tribune (1989)
- “Illicit Plants, Threatening Sovereignty and Home and Abroad,” The Christian Science Monitor (1989)
- “Kaho’olawe: The Lawyer’s Duty” (2005, University of Washington Law School, Seattle)
- “The Essential Controversy: The Catholic Church, Its Social Teaching in America, and Those Who Have Defined It.” Distributed to Members by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (Connecticut), June 15, 2005. Download Catholic Social Teaching.pdf
- “Preservation of Baseball Tradition Is at Stake in Rose Debate.” New Haven Register (July 6, 1989): 19. Download Preservation of Baseball Tradition.pdf
- “Lessons from the American Experience,” Wilton Park, West Sussex England (1994) Download NTProto Lessons of the American Experience.pdf
- “The Idea of Progress and Global Warming: General Motors, the Demise Of Transit, and the Duty of Government” Lecture, University of Washington School of Law February 4, 2009
- Radio Interview (2006), To A High Court (mp3 audio file)
- Radio Interview (2009), Rights of My People (m4a audio file)