In a two-part article, the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) reports on an address by Justice Anthony Kennedy to students at the University of California Washington Center. Justice Kennedy cast a skeptical eye on suggestions that the law school curriculum be shortened to two years:
I don’t think the right way to address it is to shorten the curriculum [which provides] the foundation for what I call the language of the law, the language that lawyers speak to each other. I can pick up the telephone and talk to an attorney two generations removed from me, and [yet] I know him, I know her. We talk this [common] language that we learn in the law school. And this is the envy of the rest of the world, I assure you, it’s a tremendous national resource.
- Revealed that he has his law clerks review blog posts from legal academics about cases for which the Court has granted cert.
- Identified nation's criminal justice system, which he says emphasizes harsh punishments over rehabilitation, "isn't working."
- Criticized ideological tests in the confirmation of federal judges.
- Questioned originalism: "You have to recognize that if the framers [of the Constitution] knew all the specifics of a just society, they would have written them down."
- Lamented that the government shutdown is jeopardizing many of the judicial branch's routine functions and undermining the image of democracy around the world.