What will Justice Anthony Kennedy do in retirement?

What will Justice Anthony Kennedy do in retirement?

For more than 30 years Justice Anthony Kennedy has lived by the Supreme Court’s predictable calendar: hearing new cases beginning on the first Monday in October, arguments starting at 10 a.m. and near-weekly conferences with colleagues until the court adjourns in June. Soon, he’ll have no fixed schedule. Kennedy, 81, hasn’t said what he’ll do with all his upcoming free time. The three most recent retirees from the court — John Paul Stevens, David Souter and Sandra Day O’Connor — each charted somewhat different paths. In announcing last week that he is stepping down, Kennedy said he wanted to spend more time with his family. Former clerks say Kennedy, a father of three and “Papa” to nine grandchildren, is an enthusiastic grandparent, one who has attended grandkids’ T-ball games and ballet performances. He spoke at the high school graduations of two of his grandchildren this year and has talked about seeing “Hamilton” with his grandchildren on Broadway. This summer, Kennedy is teaching at the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law’s program in Austria, a practice of his for decades. He’s taught in some capacity for the California school since 1965, and the school’s dean has already offered him any teaching gig he wants after he leaves the court, though Kennedy hasn’t made any commitments. Former clerks also noted Kennedy’s longtime interest in China and said they could see him continuing to be an ambassador for the law and for civility in the legal profession. How the three […]

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