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June 09, 2010


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Michael Hoeflich

I think that it's wonderful that you have made this post. Some of the greatest scholars have published little, eg. Aaron Director at Chicago. I often think we have become so publishing oriented that we forget that scholarship and publication are not the same thing. Thanks.

Alfred Brophy

Some of the very most valuable people on a faculty are folks who write little but think a lot, help others think about their work, and teach lots of students.

Related to this and especially to Mike Hoeflich's point, Lindsay Waters at Harvard University Press has been pushing the idea for a long time that we should write less and better. See, e.g.,

Anthony S. Montagna

I appreciated your post. I have been trying to break into academia for the past two and one half years. I spent the first half of my legal career practicing law, mostly on my own. I want to spend the second half of it teaching, researching and writing. However, I have found it extremely difficult to break into legal academia. However, I will be published this month by Duke. This will be my first publication, although I have written many articles for newspapers, etc. It is my hope that my practical experience and my talent for teaching, research and writing will be rewarded with a suitable professorship.

Anthony S. Montagna


One of the finest professors I've had in law school is an infrequent publisher. If you want to learn more about his areas of interest, you have to ask, or note which topics in class really get him jazzed. He's an exceptional teacher and generous with his knowledge if you reach out to him for guidance on seminar topics and the like.

I get the feeling that his relatively low profile might hold him in lower esteem than his more prolific colleagues, which is a shame because he's so strong in the areas that students value.

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