When I was in fourth grade, my family moved across town to be closer to the restaurant we owned. My new elementary school was only about a mile from our home so I walked home everyday. Soon, I made friends who lived near me and they told me about their super-secret shortcut. The shortcut involved … Continue reading Shortcuts
It's interesting to me where people draw the moral line. In just a few days, the conversation around Judge Kavanaugh has changed from whether he sexually assaulted someone to whether he actually lied under oath. Friends and classmates of the judge were previously reluctant to say anything about his character or heavy drinking in high … Continue reading The Moral Line and the Judge
Yesterday, I had the honor and pleasure of speaking at Vanderbilt School of Law. I gotta admit: I do enjoy speaking to law students, more so than bar associations or at law conferences, because I believe there's more opportunity to help them see how the deluge of legal briefs they're reading help shape our country … Continue reading To Be Seen
One of the most-used features of Linkedin Premium is the ability to see everyone who has viewed your profile. It's always amusing to me when I get a message that's obviously been copy + pasted saying "I saw your profile and..." or some variation thereof before attempting to sell me something or asking me to … Continue reading Earning More Than a Vote
I was recently interviewed about my life post-Supreme Court: what I've been up to, how I deal with failure, and why I believe in radical optimism. Read the feature here.
“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” - Dalai Lama XIV There’s an oft-shared story about the power of small actions. It states how a small drop can shatter the perfect, smooth sheen in a pond and create ripples across the surface. Another allegory reminds … Continue reading One Drop of Justice
All the worlds a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits, and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts. - William Shakespeare As the debates on immigration policies at the United States border heated up last week, so did several public events that challenged the … Continue reading Civility at Work
My recent trip to DC was extraordinary - from enjoying Michelin starred restaurants to receiving an award from the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation for my battle to advance civil liberties, then meeting incredible journalists like Wolf Blitzer - but I don't think I ever felt more out of place. Each of the folks standing with … Continue reading On the Hugh M Hefner First Amendment Awards
This week, I had the incredible honor of speaking on a panel with Stephen Baird, the original attorney who fought with Suzan Harjo to cancel the trademark registrations of the Washington football team, and Amanda Blackhorse, who bravely continued that effort. There's no question that their efforts helped to highlight the indignity that Native Americans … Continue reading Paper Justice
I was born “Simon Hsiao Tam” on March 31, 1981…at least according to my parents. Growing up, I had a couple of different middle names. My paper trail through the public school system will sometimes list it as “Hong,” like my father’s, and sometimes “Hsiao,” from my mother’s side of the family. I didn’t really … Continue reading What’s in a Name?