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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Professor Obama

Obamabutton The July 30, 2008 New York Times published an interesting story about Obama time as a law school professor at Univ of Chicago Law School entitled As a Professor, Obama Enthralled Students and Puzzled Faculty. The article states that Obama taught for 12 years and his mentor was Judge Abner J. Mikva. The article describes some of Obama's courses as follows:

At the law school, Mr. Obama taught three courses, ascending from lecturer to senior lecturer, a title otherwise carried only by a few federal judges. His most traditional course was an elective in the due process and equal protection areas of constitutional law. Mr. Obama’s voting rights class traced the evolution of election law, from the disenfranchisement of blacks to gerrymandering to contemporary debates over race-based districting and campaign finance. Mr. Obama was so interested in the subject he helped Richard Pildes, a professor at New York University, develop what is now a leading casebook in the field.

His most original course, a historical and political seminar as much as a legal one, was on racism and law. Mr. Obama improvised his own textbook, including classic cases like Brown v. Board of Education, but also essays by Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Dubois, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, as well as conservative thinkers like Robert Bork, himself a product of the school.

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If I was a law school professor and this was submitted as a brief in a legal writing class, I would ask the reporter whether the reporter wrote it himself or turned in the same brief by a reporter from The New Republic a 2 issues ago. Speaking of law schools, hopefully after today's MBE I never have to take another scantron test again.

Posted by: Sujan Vasavada | Jul 30, 2008 4:27:05 PM

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