Professor Lund, former law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, widely quoted on her resignation
Professor Nelson Lund, former law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, has been widely quoted in a variety of newspaper and magazine articles on Justice O'Connor's announcement of her impending retirement from the high court.
Court in Transition: The 2004-2005 Session; Court's Term a Turn Back to the Center, New York Times, July 4, 2005. By Linda Greenhouse.
"Nelson Lund of the George Mason University School of Law, who was a law clerk for Justice O'Connor during the court's 1987 term, said in an interview that there was a tendency to blame her for outcomes that have disappointed Professor Lund's fellow conservatives. 'But the easy explanations are not quite adequate,' he said.
Pointing out that courts proceed incrementally, informed by precedent and by the facts of each case, Professor Lund continued: 'There is a deep current of common-law thinking that pervades our legal system. Our courts rarely make a lot of big lurches. Usually when they make a big step, it's because people didn't realize how big a step it was, and then they pull back.' "