Thursday, November 10, 2016


Donald Trump calls him a “very smart person.” ABC News called him Donald Trump’s “pit bull.”

Not yet fifty years of age, Michael D. Cohen is a successful lawyer, a registered Democrat, an aggressive and successful real estate investor, and the son of a Jewish Holocaust survivor.

He is feared, respected, controversial, combative and intensely loyal to his friend and client, the next President of the United States.

After completing his undergraduate work at American University, Mike Cohen ventured out of the Big Apple and into the hinterland of Lansing, Michigan to pursue a legal education at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

So he is, I am proud to say, one of over 20,000 American lawyers who boast a diploma, over my signature, from the law school I was privileged to launch back in 1973.

Tonight, I dispatched the following email to Mr. Cohen:


Congratulations on your boss’s spectacular election. It must be a real thrill for you, as one of his long time closest allies, to see Donald Trump claim the ultimate prize. And while I would assume that you are nearly exhausted, it must also be true that you are running on endless surges of adrenaline.

It is certainly a credit to Mr. Trump’s egalitarian spirit that he does not limit his recruiting to the blossoms of the Ivy League.

That said, and in the same vein, let me offer a suggestion. 

I have long advocated a constitutional reform dubbed the "Ervin Amendment" because originally advanced by North Carolina Senator Sam Ervin.

He urged that United States Supreme Court Justices be appointed from a list of nominees supplied by the Chief Justices of the State Supreme Courts, and that their terms of office be limited. 

Donald Trump has an opportunity to strike a mighty blow in favor of the Constitution by simply choosing to do what Senator Ervin suggested.

1. He should invite the fifty State Supreme Court Chief Justices to submit five names for him to consider for appointment to SCOTUS.

2. He should then nominate one of them, on condition that he or she deliver to the Clerk of the Court a written resignation dated eighteen years after his or her appointment.

It would be a PR coup, a marvelous precedent, an act of singular non partisanship, and a beacon of light pointing toward Constitutional Reform.

“No challenge is too great, nor dream is too big” Are you with me on this?


1 comment:

  1. Dad, that is an exciting idea and an excellent suggestion. Also, it must be heartening to witness the fruits of your own labors through the accomplishments of the many students who graduated from Cooley. Thanks for sharing your letter.