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Holy days of obligationJohn Garvey

We have just begun the four-and-a-half month span -- between the solemnities of the Assumption (Aug. 15) and Mary, mother of God (Jan. 1) -- into which all our holy days of obligation are now compressed. Canon ...

Summer at the lake John Garvey

Chemists and economists speak of equilibrium conditions, where the concentrations of reactants and products, or supply and demand, are in balance. If you have a bottle of soda water with the cap on, carbon ...

Jeremiah revisitedJohn Garvey

Last month, California's Senate passed a bill (S.B. 360) that would require priests to report crimes of child abuse they hear in confession. It doesn't apply to all penitents -- only, roughly speaking, ...

Suppose we let the people decide John Garvey

This week, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt that states have sovereign immunity from suits brought by individuals in the courts of another state. There is a lot ...

Look at thisJohn Garvey

I am so proud of our students. This month, the student government association, the body that represents our undergraduates, passed a resolution asking the university to prohibit access through the campus ...

Not so fast John Garvey

I probably shouldn't admit this in front of my grandchildren, but I am a fan of McDonald's fish sandwiches. When I was a young lawyer in San Francisco, my firm's office was right across Market Street ...

Jim Crow and the KlansmanJohn Garvey

By now I think almost everyone has seen the photograph from Gov. Ralph Northam's yearbook -- a man in blackface standing next to a hooded Klansman. The figure on the left in the picture might have stepped ...

One man's meat John Garvey

One of our girls gave me a book for Christmas, "One Man's Meat," by E.B. White. We agreed to start a little book club, just the two of us -- coffee once a month to talk about it. The book is a collection ...