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U.S. Supreme Court

This place still matters

I biked to the U.S. Supreme Court on April 28 to observe the crowd outside. The justices had just heard oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, a case to decide if state bans on same-sex marriage violate the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment. Whatever the court decides, it will be a landmark ruling. The Supreme… Read more →


Michael Graves and Postmodern DC

I arrived at the Federal court in DC at 8:30 only to learn that my jury duty had been cancelled at the last minute— the parties settled Sunday night. As a consolation for waking up early, I got to walk through the William Bryant Annex, designed by the late Michael Graves and finished in 2005. Graves, who died last month,… Read more →