Stephen E. Sachs (Duke): Constitutional Backdrops. Bertrall L. Ross (UC-Berkeley): The Representative Government Principle. Monroe H. Freedman (Hofstra): The Unconstitutionality of Electing State Judges. The incoherence of Antonin Scalia: Richard A. Posner reviews Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts by Antonin Scalia and Bryan A. Garner (and more and more and more on the Scalia-Posner war and why it matters). William A. Schambra on the origins and revival of constitutional conservatism, 1912 and 2012. Abortion and the courts: Michael Fragoso on a brief political history of judicial conservatism. A review of The Upside-Down Constitution by Michael S. Greve. Randy Barnett reviews America's Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live By by Akhil Reed Amar. A review of The Limits of Judicial Independence by Tom S. Clark. President Obama will likely end his term with more vacancies on the federal bench than when he started — the long-term consequences could be severe. Scott Lemieux reviews The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin. From Cracked, a look at the 5 most terrifying Supreme Court decisions.