If it's summertime, it's travel time for the U.S. Supreme Court justices.
Justice Samuel Alito Jr. may have been first out of the box, heading to Riga, Latvia, for a judicial conference right after the Court term was over.
Justice Stephen Breyer's summer itinerary includes the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado; a legal conference in York, England; an Eagle Scout ceremony in San Francisco -- yes, Breyer is an Eagle Scout; and an appearance at the American Bar Association annual meeting in San Francisco.
Justice Anthony Kennedy will also be at the ABA meeting to receive its highest honor, the ABA Medal, for his lifelong work advancing the rule of law.
Kennedy and Breyer will also be joining Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Paris this summer. They will help dedicate the Cornell University Center for Documentation on American Law, a 13,000-volume collection that will help European judges research American law and court rulings. It will be housed at the Cour de Cassation, France's court of last resort. Nice of that court to host such a collection, given that Roberts and other justices have voiced disapproval of American judges relying on foreign court decisions.
As for academics, Kennedy will be in Salzburg, Austria, for his long-running teaching gig for the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. Ginsburg will teach comparative constitutional law for Hofstra Law School in Sorrento, Italy.
And Roberts will be the featured faculty member for Penn State's Dickinson School of Law program in Vienna, teaching a one-credit course with his longtime friend, Georgetown University Law Center professor Richard Lazarus.