In Calif., Gorsuch pick greeted with concern, pragmatism

Daniel Farber quoted by The Recorder (registration required), Feb. 1, 2017

UC Berkeley law professor Daniel Farber called the Gorsuch pick “a surprisingly reasonable choice for Trump.” Farber, who clerked at the U.S. Supreme Court for former Justice John Paul Stevens, said that Gorsuch looks “principled enough and like he’s got enough backbone to rule against Trump when he goes over the line.”

What could Gorsuch mean for the Supreme Court: A good option for Democrats

Daniel Farber writes for Politico Magazine, Feb. 1, 2017

The key thing about Gorsuch from my point of view is that he’s principled—and he seems to have enough backbone to stand up to Trump. We could use that on the court. The fact that Gorsuch has spoken against judicial deference to the executive branch in matters of statutory interpretation makes it more likely that he won’t rubber-stamp Trump’s actions.

Breitbart editor’s college grant for white men draws fire

Ian Haney López quoted by CNBC, Feb. 1, 2017

UC Berkeley law professor Ian Haney Lopez said Wednesday that affirmative action programs were undertaken “to welcome historically excluded and dehumanized groups into every school, neighborhood and workplace. Affirmative action for white men is not social repair. Affirmative action for white men is a stunt to mock the moral and social importance of integration and to increase social strife,” he told CNBC.

What could Gorsuch mean for the Supreme Court?

Daniel Farber writes for Politico Magazine, Feb. 1, 2017

Gorsuch wrote a clear, persuasive opinion in favor of upholding the renewable energy law. What I have read about his other opinions—and what I have heard from colleagues who knew him at earlier points in his life—reinforces my view that he is a thoughtful, principled judge, albeit one who is more conservative than I would like.

Trump nominates Neil Gorsuch to fill Supreme Court vacancy

John Yoo quoted by Las Vegas Review Journal, Jan. 31, 2017

The Gorsuch nomination “is a great pick and a safe pick,” former George W. Bush attorney John Yoo opined. “It’s the most conservative person who could get confirmed. It’s very hard to see how the left is going to ‘Bork’ him,” said Yoo, now a University of California, Berkeley law professor, in a reference to the harsh vetting that killed the 1987 nomination of Judge Robert Bork.

White House says ‘No American citizen will ever be targeted’ after 8-year-old girl dies in Yemen

John Yoo quoted by US News & World Report, Jan. 31, 2017

“This is a big mistake,” Yoo says. “Such a policy would prevent the U.S. from targeting Anwar al-Awlaki, for example. It would create a force field around any U.S. citizen who joins al-Qaida or ISIS. Al-Qaida and ISIS leaders would immediately start recruiting Americans, even more heavily than now, and placing them in leadership positions.”