June 23, 2011
Does Your Law School Need More Celebrities?
One of the benefits of blogging for a relatively popular blog like this one is that I actually get pitched with various books, etc., to blog about. One recent such pitch involved the book "Celebritize Yourself" by Marsha Friedman. At first, my reaction was a negative one because I must admit to not having the greatest opinion of celebrity status in our modern world. But then the following line caught my eye:
"To celebritize oneself is not merely to gain fame or fortune. It’s to share one’s life experiences with other who may be in search of, and in need of, your wisdom. That’s the guiding philosophy for becoming a celebrity."
While I have not read the book, I have taken a closer look at the content and felt like it may well be something worth sharing with our readers. In particular, I thought about the need for many law faculties to promote themselves in a world where, for better or worse, USNWR rankings rule and reputations may not properly reflect actual productivity. You can browse the table of contents here ("Look Inside") -- I think it's worth a look.