Friday, May 3, 2013
A federal judge in San Antonio, Texas, wrote an opinion in a strip-club case that, ah, got into the spirit of the situation: he chose words such as naked, clothe, erection, impacting, bottom, and girdled--and that's in the first four paragraphs of the opinion. He also cited to the 60's song "Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini."
Read it for yourself, and decide: funny . . . or something else?
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
William Zinsser, author of the respected On Writing Well, is still going strong at 90. A recent New York Times article reports that he holds one-on-one counseling sessions for writers. The article reiterates two well known pieces of Zinsser's advice: “'Clutter is the disease of American writing,'” and “'We are a society strangling in unnecessary words, circular constructions, pompous frills and meaningless jargon.'”
hat tip: Jean Sbarge
Monday, April 29, 2013
I think this post speaks for itself:We Were Not Equals
You can prep a dean all you want for his deposition in a lawsuit regarding a faculty firing, but sometimes he'll still answer entirely candidly. Background on the case is here.
Buffalo Law Dean Makau Mutua was asked by Jeffrey Malkan's attorney about events that occurred before Mutua was dean...
Dean: I wanted to educate myself more about the various staffing models of the programs and I asked Jeff [Malkan] to provide me with a summary of the various models used by various schools to staff their research and writing programs.
Attorney: And he complied with your request even though he technically wasn't bound to do that for you? You were equals, right?
Dean: No. We were not equals.
Attorney: You were not both --
Dean: We were not equals. This is again, you are coming back to the same problem. Jeff Malkan, you know, was a research and writing instructor. I was a professor of law.
More text of the exchange is here.
Yes, I understand precisely what the dean was saying about faculty status. But I think plenty of tenured faculty would never imagine that they were anything other than equals of their contract faculty colleagues. ABA standard 405(c) may (or may not) protect jobs, but it has nothing to say about respect.
hat tip: Mark Burge, Texas Wesleyan