I have returned from one of the highlights of my extended speaking tour. On Friday morning, June 26, I delivered the Keynote Address at the 76th Judicial Conference of the Fourth Circuit Court meeting at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. The Fourth Circuit comprises the states of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The judges, lawyers, and their guests comprised the one thousand people present for the event.
On Friday evening Chief Justice John Roberts addressed the event. The Chief Justice is, by tradition, a member of the Fourth Circuit. After his address we spoke together about Abraham Lincoln and the law. The next morning, in an interview broadcast by C-SPAN, the Chief Justice offered an insightful reflection on some of the highlights and lowlights of the history of the Supreme Court. [You can see the video of the interview with John Roberts by clicking here.] In the course of his remarks he mentioned that many conferees were telling him about a new biography of Lincoln that he intended to read.