I'm back from California. In less than 72 hours on the ground, I packed in three important events, including a talk on campus free speech and culture for the Cornell and Harvard Clubs in Orange County, a panel appearance about anti-Israel activism on campuses at the national conference of Alums for Campus Fairness, and our Legal Insurrection Reader Reception.
I'm really not thrilled with the Featured Image. I look McSmirky.
But it's the only close up of me at the podium I have from my lecture last night at the invitation of the Sharon (MA) Republican Town Committee.
That's Legal Insurrection reader Joel E. who lives in a town near Tel Aviv, and reached out to me when he read I was heading for Israel.
The featured image is us at a really good falafel place near the beach.
I also saw Legal Insurrection favorite and sometimes contributor "Anne in Petah Tikva" and her husband. Except that night, she was "Anne in Tel Aviv."
It's a tough life, but someone has to live it.
Is this now a series?
At my speech in Rochester I found Philly Guy.
On Wednesday night, February 18, 2015, I appeared on a CAMERA panel in West Palm Beach about countering the anti-Israel movement on campus. I don't know the official count, but I'm guesstimating about 200 people in attendance.
I found Legal Insurrection reader, commenter and Twitter fan @SGLawrence [Featured Image], who attended with her daughter. More than that, they gave me a wonderful gift of two illustrated books by Sam Fink, Exodus and The Constitution, accompanied by a wonderful note:
Every time I on on Legalinsurrection.com, I feel that all is not lost -- if there are still thinkers out there like you, applying their incredible talents in these times, I must remain an optimist.
Ever since I discovered Sam Fink, I have made it my business to share his beautiful books on The Constitution and on the 5 Books of Exodus. There's just something about Fink that reminds me of you -- a real love of America and Israel, I guess.
Two longtime Legal Insurrection readers, brothers Jim from California and Jon from Michigan.
Jim's daughter was a student of mine and we met yesterday at Cornell Law School's post-commencement reception.
You may not be able to see it, but Jim was wearing an AR-15 pin.