“I’ve been on the Court for 16 years — it’s kind of hard to say that. It’s like, what happened to my life? Do I even have a life?” mused Justice Clarence Thomas in his address at the Federalist Society’s 25th anniversary conference in Washington, D.C., Thursday.

Fifteen years earlier, he had addressed this same group, the Federalist Society, in the same ballroom in the Mayflower Hotel. And he said he was pleased to be back to talk about his recent memoir, “My Grandfather’s Son.”