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Jan132019

POLITICS/LEGAL (National): American jurisprudence, The Federalist Society, impact on federal court system: Report/analysis (David Montgomery), "Conquerors of the Courts" ....  

***American jurisprudence, The Federalist Society, impact on federal judicial system?

* Washington Post MagazIne (David Montgomery):  "Conquerors of the Courts" - "Forget Trump's Supreme Court picks. The Federalist Society's impact on the courts goes much deeper."  - From the WP:

It’s rush hour on a November evening in Washington’s busiest regional rail hub, but swarming commuters must yield to a much more potent tide. The Federalist Society has taken over the Main Hall of Union Station for its annual black-tie gala. The stone walls of the vast, vaulted concourse are bathed in pale red and blue, while larger-than-life white spotlight cameo silhouettes of James Madison’s head — the society’s trademark — crown the columns and glow on video screens. Two hundred and twenty sold-out tables, each set for 10, await the throng funneling through a block-long tent, where $200-a-plate tickets are checked; inside, exclamations of celebration and reunion echo and blend into a deafening roar.

Even when the crowd simmers down, it’s so hard to hear in the cavernous hall that the words of retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah — who is receiving an award — are mostly lost to history. “Whatever he’s saying, I’m sure it’s good,” says Lew Olowski, who, like me, has crept closer to try to hear. He was a human rights activist studying at Georgetown Law a decade ago when, he tells me, joining the Federalist Society expanded his mind to see both sides of issues. Now he’s general counsel for an organization helping poor pregnant women get a leg up and, not incidentally, keep their babies. His ears prick up at isolated morsels of Hatch’s talk: “… religious freedom … administrative state. …” “See what I mean?” Olowski says. “Music to my ears.”

There is much for this crowd to celebrate . . . . . . . .

But having allies on the highest court of the land is just the top layer of the Federalist Society’s expanding sway ..............................