The Hard Case and the Good Judge: A Tribute to Judge Michael Daly Hawkins

9 Pages Posted: 3 Dec 2020

Date Written: March 1, 2011

Abstract

In this essay commemorating the career of Judge Michael Daly Hawkins, I explore his dissenting opinion in Redding v. Safford School District, a case involving the strip search of an eighth-grade student by school officials looking for prescription drugs. Although Judge Hawkins was criticized for taking the side of the school officials – and found his position rejected by the Supreme Court – I argue that his dissent displays all the attributes that have made him an exemplary judge: a thoughtful dispassionate tone, a careful attention to the facts, a genuine sensitivity to the interests of the parties, and a humility about his own wisdom.

Keywords: hawkins, redding v. safford, fourth amendment

Suggested Citation

Healy, Thomas, The Hard Case and the Good Judge: A Tribute to Judge Michael Daly Hawkins (March 1, 2011). Arizona State Law Journal, Vol. 43, 2011, Seton Hall Public Law Research Paper Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2391313

Thomas Healy (Contact Author)

Seton Hall Law School ( email )

One Newark Center
Newark, NJ 07102-5210
United States

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