"Ham and eggs" is in quotes because it is an actual school. Millions of pages of law reviews and political scientists write on this topic. It is very philosophical.
I raise to Columbia, magna cum laude with Distinction in Politcal Science, and NYU Law, full merit scholarship and published member of law review. Clerkships with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan, N.O.W. Legal Defense Fund and the United States Senate. Practice with Dewey, LeBoeuf, a Wall Street titan. My expertise is in civil rights and constitutional law. I've read extensively concerning the court and the individual justices.
So Hastings doesn't make me dissolve at all. NYU Law is ranked higher.
I expect your friend said what she said in suggestion b/c only simpleton lawyers actually believe it. I exclaimed something similar after Bush v. Gore and a myriad of other cases. Calming down, though, the Court does not function in this manner. The Court is insulated from politics but not immune. Just b/c an opinion is unpopular, and let me remind you that the whole range of equal protection cases that exploded with Brown V. Board of Ed. Loving v. VA.,etc were extremely unpopular, does not mean they vote on a whim. Roe v. Wade broght them death threats. The integration cases brought them a 1,000 times death threats, particularly school desegregation.
They are decent men. I can see someone who has never read opinions to think that they use ouija boards or something. Note that for every Bush v. Gore or similar case that set me spinning, other will of good will were delighted by the opinion. I have met some of the justices in fleeting circumstances. They devote much time to legal education and it is not in their job specs.
A Guest always has to be vicious. I feel sorry that you need to compete with them. You can't know all things under the sun. This is my area of expertise. It is a narrow one but I chose it. Jefferson and John Marshall were cousins who grew to hate each other. John Marshall came away from those arguments as a towering Americna figure and Jefferson was diminished. Jefferson incurred so much debt with foreign governments (Personal debt,not US debt) that it compromised American foreign policy. Jefferson is a complex character. He had great stengths and great weaknesses.