Κυριακή 4 Μαρτίου 2018

Law professors - and judges

Όταν ο Richard Posner "κεντάει":

"And as legal academia has expanded - between 1998 and 2008 alone the average size of law school faculties increased by 40 percent - law professors have found a large enough audience within their own ranks not to want to spend much time trying to communicate with judges without much hope of succeeding. The expansion of law school faculties has also resulted in a greater variety of law school courses and increased faculty specialization, further widening the gap between the academy and the judiciary - between specialists and generalists.'

"The process is Darwinian. In nature each animal species must find a niche for itself, critically including a food that it can find and eat without encountering destructive competition from another species. In the academy each species of professor must find an academic niche in which he can avoid destructive competition from other professors. The tax professors occupy one niche, the contract professors another, and so on. The "list serve" - a list of email addresses of persons, often academics, sharing an interest such as, in the case of tax professors, tax law - vastly increases the number and size of communities of legal academics. The subscribers to a list serve become colleagues in cyberspace, forming a substantial academic subgroup that fills a niche in academic ecology. Their need to communicate with persons outside of their niche, such as judges, like the need of a squirrel to learn to eat dandelions as well as nuts, is minimized."

Τα κειμενάκια αυτά είναι από το ΠΟΛΥ ενδιαφέρον βιβλίο της δεύτερης φωτογραφίας, σ. 8-9.

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