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October 09, 2009


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Patrick S. O'Donnell


In some respects supportive of but if not compatible with what you write here is Roger Alford's post at Opinio Juris: (I'm not a fan of the poll he placed at the bottom, especially because the reasons listed may have worked in some combination or another to account for the outcome.)

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I just want to remind everyone that I'm alive and well and I have ideas. Many, many scholarly ideas. In fact, I plan to publish my ideas in the law journals of Harvard, Stanford, and Yale.

So, in light of that can I please have:

1) A tenure track job.
2) Tenure
3) A chaired position (perhaps with a great office, or maybe even the best office)

I didn't go to a top law school, I didn't have top grades, I didn't have a prestigious clerkship. I do though have decent publications and great teaching evaluations. What are my chances of being offered 1, 2 & 3 in the market this year? Better yet, what are the chances a school like UNC awards me 1, 2, & 3? (or even looks at my FAR form?) I think awarding me these things will remind the academy that "there is a different way." It will communicate hope to those who didn't graduate from the "elite" law schools. I'm counting on you, Prof. Muller to make the case for me to your colleagues!

Patrick S. O'Donnell


You're perhaps better served by taking a (pretend) sabbatical, going on an extended retreat (Im sure there's some Benedictine or Buddhist monastery that would have you), or visiting a therapist of psychoanalytic persuasion.

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