A few thoughts
The beginning. New Grad, new people. The fountain, Dean’s
welcome (The most expensive words a client will ever utter, “It’s
the principle of the thing that counts.”). Classmate wants
to know if his limbs will freeze in winter. Fairness, four-letter
word. First class, Elements with Sunstein – take notes/write
faster. Don’t write everything. Civ pro with the Dean? What’s
everybody else writing? What did he say? Normative.
The Green Lounge. New people. Smart people. Busy people. Books,
books, books. Watch out for the chili dog. Faculty everywhere.
They talk to me; eat with us. Some manners better than others.
Wine mess. Professors have homes? Dean teaches? Sykes for torts
or fun? Street law cool.
Hyde Park. Thai food. Tiki. Ann Sather’s cinnamon buns.
Pool at Ida Noyes, old but friendly. Wright was here. Was Lochner
right? Tennis by the library.
Exams. Badger says relax. Proctor says smoke outside. Write
fast. Keep writing. Who could possibly read this?
Jobs. Corporate? Litigation? Government? Who hires a first year?
Stay? Go? Split?
2L/3L. Windermere or Regents? Law review. Hard work. Classes
– Coase, duck rabbit, separation of powers, “read
on” securities laws. Cases get longer. Classes not easier.
Plaintiff lives in Pennsylvania. Fed jur. Blum’s wide ties.
Bernie will never stop. Dean still teaching; judges teaching;
economists teaching; teaching not a four-letter word…. Professors
keep at it. Collective action. Want me to want to know. Make me
want. More to know. More jobs. Clerk? Clinic? Moot court? Legal
ethics? The bar.
And so it goes. Always more. Barely oriented and then disoriented
but faculty everywhere along the way. Graduate but don’t
Back for interviews. Green Lounge still there; artwork still
there. Students seem smart. Profs still call me. Still call me
Mr. Still sit with me. No chili dogs. Classmates everywhere –
professors, Dean of Students, colleagues.
Katz lecture (Epstein!) hard to follow but it’s great
fun trying. Wakes me up. Going back each year I feel meaningfully
taller, or maybe taller in meaning. Law school lifted me up.