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September 28, 2020


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LawProf John Banzhaf

Law students, and even law professors (such as Maybell Romano), who had such strong feelings about the grand jury’s actions regarding the Breonna Taylor incident, might do well to read the legal analysis by my GWU Law School colleague and criminal law expert, Jonathan Turley.

Yes, “using current events in the law school classroom gives students the opportunity to connect what they’re learning with the world around them in concrete fashion.”

But if they and/or their professors want to do more than just “learn from them,” and actually do something about important events rather than just complain when they disagree, perhaps they should use their legal skills, as my law students have done for dozens of years, and “Sue The Bastards.”

Indeed, they are likely to learn a lot more that way than in a traditional law school legal clinic.

See, e.g.,




Enrique Guerra-Pujol

As an historical aside, weren't grand juries at one time considered "a cornerstone of American democracy"? Alas, the grand jury system of today is a hollow shell of the grand jury of yore--the grand jury of the founding fathers. If only so-called "originalists" would take their own originalist theories seriously...

Ediberto Roman

Professor Romero, I wanted to let you know how and why I am not surprised by a quick and fairly harsh comment to your efforts at teaching law in a real world setting. You keep it going, I say. As I am sure you realize, at the heart of many of these concerns are other issues and agenda. While criminal law is not one of the nearly three dozen law courses I teach, I will tell you, I believed all along this was a very difficult case for the victims family and others that wanted a murder indictment, especially in light of qualified immunity as well as the deference likely given in a setting were shots were fired by both the police and the lawful gunowner resident. But what troubles me from one comment above is its classic imperial directive and tone. Even if we differ, keep doing what you are doing--bring not only compassion to the classroom, bring different perspectives. Because try as they might, critics fail to accept the world is and will change. Thank you for your contribution. Peace, Ediberto Roman

Joan Howarth

Thanks for a great post. Our students deserve our best, as you are giving them.

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