Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has named University of Minnesota Law Professor David Stras to the state's Supreme Court. Dave is a federal courts and constitutional law scholar and a blogger at Scotusblog. He is also a friend of mine, dating back to the days when he was a Hugo Black Fellow at the University of Alabama. He is a generous and thoughtful colleague and I am very pleased to see this appointment. I may not always agree with his decisions, but I'm confident that he'll always work in good faith and do his best to see both sides of a dispute.