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July 01, 2009

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Jacqueline Lipton

I'm with you, Kim. I think the types of exchanges we have in academia can and do shock those in other professions. I don't know that I've been blogging long enough to know whether bloggers have thicker skins than others, though.

I wonder if part of the reason is that: (a) we have more time for these kinds of exchanges than practising lawyers; (b) people who are academic lawyers tend to be very passionate about their viewpoints which is why they chose a career that promotes expression of viewpoints rather than work for paying clients; and, (c) these kinds of exchanges are traditionally regarded as an important part of the academic profession so there's also a normative component.

Kim Krawiec

I bet that you're right, Jacqui. Although, given some of the news we've been hearing lately, I suspect that at least some practicing lawyers may find they have more time on their hands these days for such exchanges. Whether they'd find that a productive use of their newly-found free time is another question entirely, of course.

Jacqueline Lipton

Possibly fodder for a law review article???

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