Thursday, November 09, 2006

A MoneyLaw anthem for law school reform?

Wallflowers, BreachIn the wake of the Republican Party's crushing defeat in the midterm elections, the question must be asked: Why are law professors so conservative? Not conservative in the political sense, mind you, but rather in the only sense that matters for academic culture and administration. Many a well intentioned attempt to improve things at a law school has been defeated by a retrograde reflex: "It's not the way we've done things!" Down goes the reform, down goes the reformer. We'll see if you ever try that again.

Never fear. MoneyLaw is here with a reformer's anthem:
I could break free from the
wood of a coffin
if I need
But nothing's hard as
Getting free from places
I've already been
The Wallflowers, "I've Been Delivered" , on Breach (2000).

2 Comments:

Blogger Jeff Harrison said...

Got it on my pod and many others of the same ilk. Change means, well, changing yourself. So, why fix what, at least in terms of maxing out your personal utility function, ain't broke. Sorry to come back to it but many law professors are agents for one principal and it is not the School.

11/09/2006 9:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Wallflowers only recorded the song. Who wrote it? When I was giving a presentation at another law school, I used an epigraph from "16 Tons," and attributed it to the person who wrote the song (lyrics). In response to the inevitable "what about Tennessee Ernie Ford?" I nodded, and said "nice performance, but he didn't write the song."

Gary Rosin

11/09/2006 10:05 AM  

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