The Moral Line and the Judge

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

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To Be Seen

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

On the Hugh M Hefner First Amendment Awards

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

What’s in a Name?

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?

Disparagement, Contempt, and Disrepute

I recently sat down with Ken White of the Make No Law podcast to provide an inside look at my journey to the Supreme Court. While this is geared towards First Amendment geeks, this is probably one of the better features on the story and is one of the few that actually explores what the … Continue reading Disparagement, Contempt, and Disrepute

Written in a Tub, One Year Ago

I'm sitting in a bath tub. The band is out exploring DC and grabbing dinner while I'm I'm trying to get rested up because tomorrow is the big day at the Supreme Court. Since landing here, I've received a over 21,000 messages and phone calls. It's been back to back interviews, performances, and appearances...in other … Continue reading Written in a Tub, One Year Ago

The Day of the Supreme Court Decision

June 19, 2017 It’s Monday morning. After working fifteen-hour days everyday for a month straight, I’m bleary with exhaustion. It is one of the few remaining days that the Supreme Court could possibly publish their decision on my case. Fifty-fifty chance it happens this morning. I stumble to the restroom and catch a glimpse of … Continue reading The Day of the Supreme Court Decision

Love Wins: On the Bible and Marriage Equality

As a person of faith, it's been disheartening to see much (but not all) of the Christian community at the helm of leading the anti-marriage equality movement. It'll be interesting now to see how committed those opposing it will now adhere to the biblical concepts of submitting to the government. Romans 13:1-3 states, “Everyone must … Continue reading Love Wins: On the Bible and Marriage Equality