Author: Burt Likko

Pseudonymous Portlander. Homebrewer. Atheist. Recovering Republican. Recovering Catholic. Recovering divorcé. Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Ordinary Times. Relapsed Lawyer, admitted to practice law (under his real name) in California and Oregon. On Twitter, to his frequent regret, at @burtlikko. House Likko's Words: Scite Verum. Colite Iusticia. Vivere Con Gaudium.
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Capacious, Ordered Liberty

The phrase “ordered liberty” reminds me the reasons the Framers abandoned the Articles of Confederation and created the Federal Constitution

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Nine Days Of American Justice

Burt Likko reviews a tumultuous week and a half in America’s justice system, and muses about its larger implications.

Donald and Dragons

Paging Dr. Kübler-Ross

Burt Likko compares the bizarre subversion-of-democracy fantasies of Trump supporters with the actual law, and is unimpressed.

Food Cart in Portland

Best Meal Ever Week: Jurassic Cart

It was, quite simply, a definitively Portland experience, the exact sort of thing I had hoped to find upon relocating to the Rose City.


Two Great Cases: Of Wheat, Weed, and Wickard

In which a farmer from Ohio and a very sick woman from California, across the generations, test the notion of the limited nature of Federal power.


The Most Constitutional Right

Does the Constitution guarantee a right to have the Constitution itself? A recent dissenting opinion suggests so, and Burt Likko muses upon what that means in today’s age of impeachment.

Mrs. Fletcher

Spend a Few Evenings with Mrs. Fletcher

The story of “Mrs. Fletcher,” a limited series currently on HBO based upon a novel by Tom Perrotta, tries to have it all three ways…


High Sierra Ghost Stories

The past isn’t ever really past, and ghosts don’t ever die. So instead of avoiding them or feeling bad, maybe try confronting them a little bit?

U.S. v. Nixon

The Great Cases: United States v. Nixon

U.S. v. Nixon was, beyond doubt, the most consequential decision Burger ever wrote and probably the most politically consequential decision between Brown v. Board of Education and Bush v. Gore.

Trump Tax Returns

Why I Actually Do Care About Trump’s Tax Returns

“I could never lend myself to any transaction, however respectable, that would commercialize on the prestige and dignity of the office of the presidency,” – Former President Harry Truman