May 19, 2006
I Just Play One in Class
May 19, 2006 04:07 AM
If augurs well, I will be in Prof. Choper's Supreme Court seminar where 18 students get to play each of the 9 justices. Which one will I be? Who knows. But if I'm John Paul Stevens you better believe I'll be wearing a bow tie to class. This only raises a dilemma. What should I do if I'm any of the other eight? Tips, thoughts, comments are always appreciated. Here's a few that I've daydreamed about.
If Thomas, then sit in class and don't say a word all semester. Unfortunately I can't get up and wander around in the middle of class because Rehnquist is no longer on the Court. I could try to speak with that Ginsburg lisp. Leave messages on the Professor's phone saying, "Hello. This is David Souter. Please call me back when you have a free minute."
I know what "augur" means (not technically but that it is a synonym for bode) but I was never sure of the proper usage.
I thought the usage was "if it augurs well" or "if things augur well"?
My undergraduate constitutional law classes included moot courts in which each person had to play either an attorney and write a brief, or a justice and write an opinion. Everyone had to participate in oral argument, though obviously this was easier when playing a justice than as counsel. Particularly when arguing before the guy who took his role as Scalia to be an indication that he should be a nitpicking jerk.
I think you're actually right. Note to self: Don't use augur in any form in any opinion I write as Roberts, CJ., for a Unanimous Tribunal.