Justin Collings is a professor of law and associate dean at Brigham Young University Law School, where he teaches and writes about constitutional law, including comparative constitutionalism and constitutional history. He is the author, most recently, “Scales of Memory: Constitutional Justice and Historical Evil” (Oxford University Press, 2021). He holds a JD and Ph.D. in history from Yale University.

Decisions to overturn precedent pose a quandary for conservative justices.
The country cannot embrace Supreme Court decisions we like and defy the ones we loathe.
The rule of law depends as much on citizen virtue as on constitutional structure. And our collective civic virtue is currently under strain.
If Americans generally abandon their allegiance to the paramount freedoms of the First Amendment, there will be little the Supreme Court can do to save us from ourselves.
The dividing line is fiercely contested and always has been. But wherever one draws the line, it makes more sense to talk about “federalism” than “states’ rights.”
Separation of powers is arguably the defining feature of the U.S. Constitution — the beating heart of our constitutional design.
The answer is in the U.S. Constitution’s inspired balance between popular rule and centralized power.
The U.S. Constitution has been a model for a worldview that’s now under threat.
The question is not close. Mask mandates are constitutional, and masks can save lives. Mask up, Utah.