If you could arrange a meeting over beer and pizza with one of the U.S. Supreme Court Justices, which one would you choose?

I know which one I’d choose. Hands down, it would be Justice Clarence Thomas. His deep baritone voice is soothing to the ear. He has a great sense of humor. His laugh is infectious.

If you know a little about his life history you can’t help but find him extremely interesting. He’s a self made man. He overcame some major barriers on his path to success. He’s scary smart.

When your tête-à-tête ends you’d go away refreshed, and probably enlightened. His dissents in Supreme Court opinions are brilliant. As with Justice John Marshal Harlan’s dissent in Plessy v. Ferguson, Justice Thomas’ dissents will be remembered when the case in chief is largely forgotten.

Chief Justice Roberts, by comparison, would be a very boring person to meet for a beer. Many of his written opinions are nothing he can be proud of. Justice Thomas, on the other hand, is today’s version of the great Justice Harlan.

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