[T]he story of the American legal system needs to be told and retold, Breyer said, because it “floats on the sea of public acceptance.” He said he worries that the busy general public does not see that it has a direct stake in the preservation of an independent judiciary, which contributes to economic stability and the protection of minorities. The message needs to be transmitted to the next generation.
Justice Breyer is right. As the last Supreme Court term made abundantly clear, judicial decisions have real impacts on regular Americans. But the majority of cases – which are just as important – are decided in the lower federal courts. Senators are currently considering right wing judicial nominees like Judge Leslie Southwick of