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Solid High Court majority jetting off to Europe


Salzburg, Austria (Kerstin Joensson/AP)

Chief Justice John Roberts, after a stop at a judicial conference at the Greenbriar resort this weekend, is off to exquisite Prague for a couple weeks for a consortium of law schools.

Justice Clarence Thomas is headed to San Antonio’s St. Mary’s University program in Innsbruck, Austria — his first time there, though he is the fifth member of this court to attend.

Justices Anthony Kennedy and Elena Kagan are off to the University of the Pacific’s program in stunning Salzburg, Austria. Her first time, his 23rd.

Justice Antonin Scalia is on tap to teach judicial writing at Duke. With all due respect to the other justices, this is one not to miss. (See his dissent in the gay marriage case referring to “legalistic argle-bargle.”) He’s then on to Penn State’s program in Florence, Italy. Che bello!

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is giving some lectures at Tulane’s program, which is conveniently located in Paris.

And Justice Stephen Breyer may not have European plans, but he and Kagan are expected in the Rockies at the Aspen Institute.

The court had no information Thursday on summer plans for Justices Samuel Alito and Sonia Sotomayor.

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.

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