I'm a law professor who has taught at law schools in each quartile of the USNews rankings, been a partner at an AmLaw 20 firm, and owned a couple of independent minor league baseball teams.
You can find my current school on a Google search, but I'm not putting it here because I want to emphasize that this blog reflects my personal observations on legal education, the profession of law, and the vast changes (the "Apocalypse") that are looming on the horizon for each. I claim no special expertise in these topics, except for having practiced law for nearly 15 years and taught in law schools nearly as long.
Unlike some other critics, I believe that the law is the greatest of the secular professions It has played a critical role in American life. Law school is not a scam. Law has offered, and continues to offer, incredibly rewarding careers to thousands of new lawyers. My view of the American law school is like that of reforming 15th-century Catholics to abuses in the Church -- a deep love for an institution but a strong concern that it has fallen under some very bad influences.
Unless attributed and linked to specific others, all of the thoughts here are mine, unless I unconsciously stole them, in which case I apologize. None of them should be taken as the opinions of my employer, my publishers, my students, or any other person or institution.
Category Archives: Interesting stuff
I’ve always admired Elizabeth Warren, if for no other reason than she graduated from a middling state law school and yet managed to make her way to the faculty of the world’s most storied law school. (Last time I checked, … Continue reading
A little off-subject here, but over at Prawfsblawg David Schleicher (Geo. Mason) is raising the question of what can be done to fix a glaring problem with the current National Basketball League draft: teams tanking games to increase their chances … Continue reading
In case you were wondering whether any group in America is more completely out of touch with the economic disaster facing them than law professors at ABA-accredited schools, there may actually be one: the editorial staff of the New York Times. It … Continue reading
Two observations about the “incident” in France in which a young Shearman & Sterling lawyer who was siring socialite (and royal sister-in-law) Pippa Middleton (left) around Paris brandished a toy handgun at annoying paparazzi. First, it’s good to see some … Continue reading
Lawyers are pretty devious, and law professors are part of the clan when it comes to deviousness, if that’s a word. In an interesting new paper, Delegating to Enemies. Jacob Gerson and Adrian Vermeule discuss the surprisingly common situation in which the best thing … Continue reading