On March 25th, Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell, Sr. praised second-year student Robert Noote for winning the third annual Writing Competition named for His Honor.
In his submission, “Is and Ought: How the Progression of Ricci Teaches Us to Accept the Criticisms and Reject the Norms of Political Jurisprudence,” Noote discusses the implications of a school of thought that removes any distinction between human will and rule of law.
According to proponents of political jurisprudence, judges are merely political actors and their opinions and decisions are not law, but rather rationalizations of what the judge intends to do in a given case.
“Of course the implications of this theory are disturbing to me,” said Noote. “However, not everything that this theory posits can be quickly dismissed. It is not appropriate to adopt a worldview that rejects the rule of law, but it is appropriate to accept the criticisms of an idea that challenges the human propensity towards biased behavior.”