Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.

A branch of government was missing from the most recent State of the Union Address. Customarily, the entire Supreme Court, gowns and all, is announced and marches into the House of Representatives chamber to hear the president declaim. On occasion, one or more of the justices play hooky. This year, when President Clinton spoke, not one justice showed up.

Was this simply a coincidence of bad scheduling? Or were the justices making a statement about the tradition of attendance by their nonattendance? And does the failure to make a symbolic act on a symbolic occasion matter?

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

To view this content, please continue to their sites.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Not a Bloomberg Law Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]

Reprints & Licensing
Mentioned in a Law.com story?

License our industry-leading legal content to extend your thought leadership and build your brand.


ALM Legal Publication Newsletters

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your digital membership, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters. Visit your My Account page to make your selections. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2021 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.