Talk:David Souter

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Souter's views on the danger facing America[edit]

Souter recently expressed his fears concerning America's future: Perhpas this should be put into the article.Kdammers (talk) 02:28, 22 September 2012 (UTC)

1st Circuit[edit]

Can anyone verify that he is serving as a visiting judge for the 1st circuit court of appeals? (talk) 00:06, 16 July 2010 (UTC)

I read the same in a recent piece on Justice Stevens; I believe it stated something along the lines of "unlike his fellow retired Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and David Souter, who have enjoyed their work on federal appeals courts, Justice Stevens states that he has no intention of serving..." Since Justice Souter lives in New England, it would make sense that he would serve on the First Circuit if he served on any at all. NW (Talk) 01:43, 15 October 2011 (UTC)
Yes. I added /*Post-Supreme Court career*/ and included a comment in the source:
This is a repitition of a claim from First_Circuit#Senior but unfortunately the citation there is defective, so I hesitate to repeat it -- it cites the First Circuit's PDF calendar, which updates every month or so. At present it has no references to Souter, meaning he is not sitting by designation on any cases in the first two weeks of September 2012. But it is easy to find examples of his service, like, an opinion he authored dated Aug. 22, 2012. I hesitate to offer citations to a pile of such opinions, since that comes kind of close to WP:NOR. jhawkinson (talk) 14:54, 2 September 2012 (UTC)
there are also plenty of blog posts about it that don't seem appropriate for citations, like Also, this somewhat dated article "Souter Returns to the Granite State: Retired justice rejects D.C. office space, sets up new life in New Hampshire," [1] (Tony Mauro, The National Law Journal, August 17, 2009) suggests that he continues to maintain an office at the federal courthouse for the District of New Hampshire in Concord, though there doesn't seem to be any evidence of that on Court's web page as of 2012, which probably can't be construed as meaningful either way. jhawkinson (talk) 15:05, 2 September 2012 (UTC)
He hasn't sat since September and the 2010 annual report came out then with a summary of his 2010 sittings on the circuit, so there's now a decent citation. Updated and I've struck the above comment from the source of the main page. jhawkinson (talk) 06:09, 28 December 2012 (UTC)
But he is on next week's calendar, sitting Tue-Thu of next week, Jan. 8-10. jhawkinson (talk) 00:05, 6 January 2013 (UTC)
He's now written several opinions for the First Circuit. There is also relevant discussion in Jeffrey Toobin's new book, The Oath. Newyorkbrad (talk) 00:31, 6 January 2013 (UTC)

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Masters degree[edit]

What does "as per tradition" mean here? "later promoted to a Master of Arts degree, as per tradition"

Also it wasn't cited and I couldn't find any additional info online. I think this should be clarified.

-KaJunl (talk) 21:58, 10 December 2016 (UTC) KaJunl (talk) 21:58, 10 December 2016 (UTC)

It's clearly explained by the linked article, Master of Arts (Oxbridge and Dublin) in the first paragraph: In the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Dublin, Bachelors of Arts with Honours of these universities are promoted to the degree of Master of Arts or Master in Arts (MA) on application after six or seven years' seniority as members of the university (including years as an undergraduate). jhawkinson (talk) 22:30, 10 December 2016 (UTC)
Thanks. TIL. Had assumed the linked article was a general master's degree article, hadn't realized it was a more specific article than that. Do we assume everyone applies for this, or is there a source citing he has the master's? Just curious. -KaJunl (talk) 01:45, 30 December 2016 (UTC)


Comments Souter made about the importance of civic education in 2012 gained some attention again in 2016. Possibly warrants a short mention in the article.[2] --Knope7 (talkcontribs) 04:39, 31 December 2016‎ (UTC)

I think not? "have been circulating on the internet" hardly seems encyclopedic, and the overarching subject matter might also fail WP:NPOV. Also, I think such a thing would not belong in a new section called "Post-retirement." Incidently, I had been thinking it had been some time since Justice Souter sat on the First Circuit, but looking I see that he has sat from January to March these last 4 years. The First Circuit hasn't published a regular calendar for Jan. 2017 yet, merely a special single sitting of 9 consolidated cases for one hour on Wednesday, so I don't think it would even be fair to say there was any change in pattern yet. jhawkinson (talk) 06:04, 31 December 2016 (UTC)
I wasn't proposing a new section for the actual article, I was merely thinking of his activities after the Supeme Court as post-retirement activities.. Surely the fact that he still makes public speaking appearances is worth a mention, even if the 2012 talk which NPR and Rarchel Maddow found to be prescient is not a fit for this article. Knope7 (talk) 06:17, 31 December 2016 (UTC)