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Thursday, July 29, 2021


Steve Gardner

Jeff's post reflects a reality of law schools--the top ones seem to believe that teaching consumer law is somehow beneath them.

The post also points out the absurdity of law reviews--professors need to publish, but to do so, they must be judged by law students. This is absurd, both because it gives jejune 2Ls and 3Ls far too much unearned and undeserved power and because, while students may be fit to apply Blue Book rules, they are not fit to judge the substance of submitted articles.

I've published a few articles that were requested by law journals. One time, one of the lesser journals at Duke asked me to submit an article, so I did. The students didn't like the tone of my article and demanded that I tone it down. I didn't. They then rejected the article.

Because my job didn't depend on publication, I never published the article.

I also retained my tone.

Ed Boltz

This comports with the lower regard that consumer bankruptcy is given compared to corporate cases not just by law reviews, but also the academics that teach the students and the judges that hire them as law clerks.

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