With the retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens and the Senate battle over Elena Kagan taking a top place in the news this summer, I’m taking a look back at the Supreme Court and the implications for those of us in the claim industry.

My first encounter with Constitutional law was during my undergraduate years when I commuted my way through college, working full-time and carrying a full course load. This is a plan that might get a person through four undergraduate years in four years, but probably not into Phi Beta Kappa. Political science had unique attraction and, as a journalism major working the afternoon-evening shift at the Wall Street Journal, I was able to follow national and international politics right off the newswires.

My earlier full-time job had been with a title insurer, abstracting title records at the county court house, a young idiot just out of high school rubbing shoulders with attorneys and local politicians running the county political machine. The attorneys, including my boss, used to bum money from me. I decided right then that being a lawyer was not the profession for me.

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