Doubting Opinions

Gerard Magliocca

Gerard N. Magliocca is the Samuel R. Rosen Professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Professor Magliocca is the author of three books and over twenty articles on constitutional law and intellectual property. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford, his law degree from Yale, and joined the faculty after two years as an attorney at Covington and Burling and one year as a law clerk for Judge Guido Calabresi on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Professor Magliocca has received the Best New Professor Award and the Black Cane (Most Outstanding Professor) from the student body, and in 2008 held the Fulbright-Dow Distinguished Research Chair of the Roosevelt Study Center in Middelburg, The Netherlands. He was elected to the American Law Institute (ALI) in 2013.

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  1. Joe says:

    I recall seeing this term a few times. One account notes its rarity — at the time of writing, only used 626 times as a whole:

    [See also, — the link there to that article, however doesn’t work for me.] The article suggests in part that the term implies you agree with the opinion but are wary about it. It is sort of a hedged join. Read the whole thing.

  2. Joe says:

    JUSTICE BLACKMUN, concurring.

    I join the Court’s opinion and its judgment. I do so, however, with less than full assurance and satisfaction.

    [United States v. Hohri] This might be a good time to use the term.