The Law Professor as Advocate


This essay reflects upon that career and considers some larger intellectual issues about the vocation of law teaching. Part I re- views three of Professor Emerson's cases which had an important impact on the law. Part II compares his participation in those cases with analogous public activities of contemporary law teachers. Finally, Part III tentatively explores the connection between the academic and the public roles of law professors. l Drawing uponcommentary from other disciplines, it suggests that faculty involvement in the external world can have costs as well as benefits for the academy. This portion of the essay is not intended in any sense as criticism of Professor Emerson. Rather, it is designed to suggest questions for contemplation by those of us who follow him.


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Case Western Reserve Law Review

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38 Case Western Reserve Law Review 512 (1988)

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