12 Pages Posted: 23 Oct 2011
Date Written: September 15, 2011
This is the tenth volume of the Cato Supreme Court Review, the nation’s first in-depth critique of the Supreme Court term just ended. We release this journal every year in conjunction with our annual Constitution Day symposium, about two and a half months after the previous term ends and two weeks before the next one begins. We are proud of the speed with which we publish this tome - authors of articles about the last-decided cases have no more than a month to provide us full drafts - and of its accessibility, at least insofar as the Court’s opinions allow. This is not a typical law review, after all, whose prolix submissions use more space for obscure footnotes than for article text. Instead, this is a book of articles about law intended for everyone from lawyers and judges to educated laymen and interested citizens - and even Chief Justice John Roberts, who this past summer questioned law reviews’ utility and relevance.
And we are happy to confess our biases: We approach our subject matter from a classical Madisonian perspective, with a focus on individual liberty, property rights, and federalism, and a vision of a government of delegated, enumerated, and thus limited powers. We also try to maintain a strict separation of politics (and policy) and law; just because something is good policy doesn’t mean it’s legal, and vice versa. Similarly, certain decisions must necessarily be left to the political process: We aim to be governed by laws, not lawyers, so just as a good lawyer will present all plausibly legal options to his client, a good public official will recognize that the ultimate buck stops with him.
Keywords: Supreme Court, Cato, introduction, constitutional law, Madison
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Shapiro, Ilya, Cato Supreme Court Review 2010-11: Introduction (September 15, 2011). Cato Journal, Vol. 10, No. 1, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1947869