party affiliations of law profs
mdudziak at law.usc.edu
Wed Aug 31 06:58:22 PDT 2005
The homogeneity in con law casebooks is an interesting historical
phenomenon & is not all about the ideology of profs. It's partly a
story of the emergence of a "canon" of cases/topics, and it's partly
about the construction of a market. Much more to say on this, but I
just wanted to make the point that casebook homogeneity is not a good
measure of the homogeneity of law prof. ideology.
At 05:56 AM 8/31/2005, Hamilton02 at aol.com wrote:
>I might be persuaded that there is more diversity if one includes
>all 150 schools, but I have yet to find a casebook, especially in
>con law, that is not heavily slanted to the left. Major, governing,
>federalism cases get glancing review, while pages are spent on
>Carolene Products, fn. 4, which was dead doctrine on arrival. The
>good money is on a legal academy that is heavily weighted to the left.
>In a message dated 8/31/2005 7:57:53 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
>s-gerber at onu.edu writes:
>Brian Leiter argues by anecdote, not empirical evidence. McGinnis, and
>before him Merritt (and others), are providing real data. I'm much more
>persuaded by data than anecdote.
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