Bricks on the Brain

UM Law

Friday, February 11, 2005


Its nice to know that at least one respected member of the faculty ("X") shares my low opinion of one of her collegues ("Y").

X leveled her criticism against Y out of the blue during a lecture, and only a handful of us knew what X was talking about. But the gist of it was that Y distorts her teaching of the law to suit her own liberal agenda.

On Y's exam I was faced with a dilemma when one question raised a particular point of law that I knew Y had grossly distorted during lecture. Do I put the correct answer, or the one that Y wanted to hear? Exacerbating the problem was the fact that I felt that the correct answer was far better policy than Y's fancy. So I stuck to my guns, and in the end "earned" my lowest grade thus far in law school.

Aside from the personal satisfaction of hearing my nemesis held out for ridicule, it was comforting to see that the faculty polices itself. As I have previously written, there are definitely some far-left leaning profs at UM, but they generally present a fair and balanced view of the law and policy in their classrooms. They welcome conservitive argument and do not punish students for raising it. The few outcasts are well-known among students, but I never suspected the rest of the faculty knew or cared.