The Future of Law Teaching

SLU LawThe faculty of the St. Louis University School of Law invited me to deliver the 2017 Vincent C. Immel Lecture on Teaching Law on April 20, 2017. The lecture was and is not designed for journal publication, but I thought that some (including the audience at SLU) might be interested in what I said. Some of my themes recapitulate things that I’ve written about before, on this blog, on other blogs, and/or in papers posted to SSRN. My remarks, extended and edited and with some end notes, appear below. Continue reading

What I Didn’t Know About Pittsburgh, #1

Carrie Furnace and the Oakmont Country Club.  George Westinghouse and the Pittsburgh Opera.

These things go in pairs – Pittsburgh’s industrial history and its contemporary arts and cultural resources.  Having written about Pittsburgh for close to 15 years, I’ve learned about a lot of those pairings.  What’s good for the bank account often turns out to be good for the spirit. Continue reading

Legal Infrastructure

I am aggregating the posts from the recent online symposium at Prawfsblawg concerning two relatively new books: Gillian Hadfield’s  Rules for a Flat World: Why Humans Invented Law and How to Reinvent It for a Complex Global Economy and The Future of the Professions: How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts by Richard Susskind and Daniel Susskind.  In different but related ways, both books are speaking to both global and local shifts — now well underway — in what law is, what law does, and what roles lawyers and other legal institutions play in economies and cultures.

My own thoughts on the topic are these: Continue reading