You can read his email to a journalist here, which is similar to what I’ve heard privately.
I’ve had journalists, friends, lawyers, and others contact me for my thoughts. Here are my thoughts:
I loved clerking for Chief (sorry, he’ll always be that). The man is wicked smart, kind, full of life, and funny. He cares passionately about the court and patent law.
His plan to move on now doesn’t surprise me, since I know he loved to teach (had the privilege of teaching one class for him at GW while I was up there) and he loves to travel (I’ve never seen someone bound off an airplane after 20 hours of flight with more energy than him).
The best is all I can wish for him, along with a good ticket to the next Stones tour.