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May 17, 2018


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Brian McGinty

I have read a lot of Steven Lubet's writing, which I have found consistently well done. He is a learned law professor with insights into many of the problems faced by American society and the legal profession. I appreciate all of that. Most of all, I think, I appreciate his writing ability. This piece says a lot in narrative form. I kind of compete with his writing, but not nearly so well. Darn it! Brian McGinty

Steve L.

Brian McGinty is too modest. He is the author of excellent books on Lincoln and John Brown. We have also coauthored a s short piece on Lincoln's choice of attorneys.


He was just trying to be nice. It sounds like you didn't really give him a chance.

Steve L.

Here are links to some of Brian McGinty's books, which I strongly recommend to anyone interested in antebellum legal history:

Lincoln's Greatest Case:

John Brown's Trial:

There are others, but these are my two favorites.

Michael Mushlin

As a Southern Jew myself I find Steve's reaction to what was a perhaps clumsy, but none the less well-intended effort by the President, who no doubt knew a fair amount about antisemitism in the South (as elsewhere), to assure Steve that he was not of the ilk and welcomed him to the faculty, slightly less than empathetic. I also detect in Steve's well-written piece a hint of shall I say bias against Southerners?

Enrique Guerra Pujol (

Was it a two-piece or three-piece white linen suit?

Steve L.

Two-piece. It was the mid-80s.


why is higher education such a hotbed of racism?

Mahna mAnon

I'm not sure stereotyping an entire region is really the best response to having been stereotyped, Steve, but I'm sorry you received such a poor welcome in the South. I spent well over a decade in Southern universities and law schools, and never had such misfortune. Please go back down again sometime and give the area another chance. I suspect you'll find it is generally far more welcoming and genteel (in a non-ironic sense).


It's Randy Newman's Rednecks song revisited. And from a guy hailing from that land of racial harmony, Chicago, Illinois.


I am an atheist with a Jewish name who taught at a Southern law school and never had any problems whatsoever. The treasurer of the Confederacy was Jewish.

And “y’all” is plural so I doubt he said that to a single person.

I always like Steve’s articles but this one seems a bit much.

Of course there was one time I went on a date and she asked me, “Do Jews tip?”

Oddly enough I had an African-American student tell me she disliked whites. I tried to soften her stance. Then I asked where she was from. “Rosewood, Florida” she replied. Then I felt like saying I hated whites too!

Deep State Special Legal Counsel

I think the South is about co-existence. On a Civil Rights road trip, I stopped at a Stuckey's south of Memphis. Onw aisle contained Black themed religious items and one aisle over displayed Confederate items. I asked the clerk which sold better. Her response, both sell well and make us a ton of money. I don't know if that answer was the one she was instructed or trained to say, but it sounded genuine to me. By the way, Stuckey's was one of the first, if not the first Interstate/roadside stores to welcome Blacks during Jim Crow. I always stop when I see a store. There is a nice Stuckey's on Illinois I-57 between Marion and Cairo.


"Imagine Colonel Sanders without the beard; Foghorn Leghorn without the beak." Yeah, agreed, stereotyping is wrong.

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