As an attorney for 35 years, Tom worked diligently to prevent interesting things from happening to his clients even when they deserved some of them. After retiring the first time, he became an adjunct prof in Communications Studies at Northwestern University. He now does political blogging from an outpost in Chicago. His particular interests are politics, history, law, travel, most poetry, musical theatre, opera and historical and escapist fiction (multi-volume sagas preferred), not necessarily in that order. He wishes he could act, sing and play the piano, too, but there appear to be limits.
10 entries by Tom Phillips
By John Paul Stevens
A former Supreme Court Justice offers his personal adjustments to the Constitution.
Ronald K. L. Collins and David M. Skover
Two professors of constitutional law tease out the meaning of dissent.
A seasoned reporter dissects ideologically charged cases on racial preferences, gun rights, campaign financing and challenges to Obamacare.
The author suggests that the law is a political instrument used at the highest levels to advance political ends.
The Pulitzer prize-winning author argues that modern-day Western approaches to cultural and social matters should be informed by the study of traditional societies.