Eastern District of Michigan Federal Bar Association Book Club Discusses "The Oath"

John Meiu/PhotographerOn May 23, 2013 Barton Morris attended the Eastern District of Michigan Federal Bar Association quarterly Book Club meeting. The Club had a lively discussion of The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court written by Jeffrey Toobin. The book depicted a very behind the scenes look at the Chief Justice John Roberts United States Supreme Court in relation to Barack Obama’s ascendency to the presidency. The volume culminated in the Supreme Court’s 2012 ruling that the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) was in fact constitutional and the fascinating speculation why Chief Justice Roberts ruled in favor of the historic legislation. The meeting took place in the Federal District Court in Detroit.

Our meeting discussed the possible reasons why Chief Justice Roberts changed his mind seemingly at the last minute and to the surprise of the conservative justices, ruled in favor of Obama’s health care plan. 15 people were in attendance including five District Court Judges including Avern Cohn, Mark Goldsmith, Arthur Tarnow, David Lawson, and Marianne Battani.

The title of the book “The Oath” was a reference to Barack Obama’s second presidential oath of office that Chief Justice Roberts administered on Inauguration Day but a mistake was made during its reading. Because the oath is a constitutional requirement it had to be re-administered privately later in the White House to ensure the President was constitutionally secure in his position. This event set the back drop of the in depth examination of both men, their similarities and difference and the ACA landmark decision.

The book and the club discussed the protracted appointment of federal judges in vacancies by the Obama administration. All of the district judges in attendance had been through the appointment confirmation process and noted that it can be lengthy – they had interesting opinions regarding Obama’s agenda with appointments. Also interesting was Judge Tarnow’s assertion that none of the current Supreme Court Justices have any practical criminal law experience.

Overall the FBA’s book club was an incredibly interesting event. A lot of very intelligent people discussing details of the politics of this country’s highest governmental institutions was fascinating. The next book the FBA Book Club will be discussing The Lawyer Bubble: A Profession in Crisis by Steven J. Harper in the Fall of 2013. Barton Morris will be there.

Attorney Morris has enjoyed a very successful and distinguished career as a trial lawyer providing high quality legal representation in the area of state and federal criminal defense for 19 years. He is known for his trial preparation by fellow attorneys, judges and clients alike. As a trial attorney, he is dedicated to attaining justice in every case, and is prepared to take on complex legal issues with success. Barton and his law firm pride themselves on obtaining results for their clients that other attorneys cannot.

Not only does Barton Morris have extensive experience, he also engages in continuing legal education to provide the highest quality legal services. Barton has received specialized scientific training through the American Chemical Society. He attended the prestigious Trial Lawyers College and serves on its Alumni Association Board of Directors. Barton Morris is also a board member of several distinguished legal associations including the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys, and the DUI Defense Lawyer’s Association Justice Foundation. He is also an active member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and has also graduated from their National Criminal Defense Trial College in Macon, Georgia.

Barton Morris was chosen as a Top Lawyer of Metro Detroit for 2012, 2013 & 2014 for DUI/DWI and criminal defense by DBusiness Magazine and Hour Magazine. Barton Morris was also chosen as a Super Lawyer in Criminal Defense for 2014-2017 and Barton Morris is the only Lawyer in Michigan designated by the American Chemical Society as a “Forensic Lawyer-Scientist”

July 24th, 2013|