Tuesday, October 9, 2012
After the recent presidential debate, several commentators implicitly criticized President Obama for talking like a law professor. In the past, this criticism also has arisen. Of course, few commentators have ever spent time in a law school and have little idea of how a law professor talks.
I think the popular view is that law professors speak in logical arguments that are hard to follow, have or show no emotion, lecture at people, and don’t really care if their audience understands them. I suspect that sometimes we law professors veer in a direction that encourages some of these traits to emerge. Something to be on guard against.