an unanticipated consequence of
Jack M. Balkin
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Bruce Ackerman bruce.ackerman at yale.edu
Ian Ayres ian.ayres at yale.edu
Mary Dudziak mary.l.dudziak at emory.edu
Joey Fishkin joey.fishkin at gmail.com
Heather Gerken heather.gerken at yale.edu
Abbe Gluck abbe.gluck at yale.edu
Mark Graber mgraber at law.umaryland.edu
Stephen Griffin sgriffin at tulane.edu
Bernard Harcourt harcourt at uchicago.edu
Scott Horton shorto at law.columbia.edu
Andrew Koppelman akoppelman at law.northwestern.edu
Marty Lederman msl46 at law.georgetown.edu
Sanford Levinson slevinson at law.utexas.edu
David Luban david.luban at gmail.com
Gerard Magliocca gmaglioc at iupui.edu
Jason Mazzone mazzonej at illinois.edu
Linda McClain lmcclain at bu.edu
John Mikhail mikhail at law.georgetown.edu
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Michael Stokes Paulsen michaelstokespaulsen at gmail.com
Deborah Pearlstein dpearlst at princeton.edu
Rick Pildes rick.pildes at nyu.edu
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Alice Ristroph alice.ristroph at shu.edu
Neil Siegel siegel at law.duke.edu
Brian Tamanaha btamanaha at wulaw.wustl.edu
Mark Tushnet mtushnet at law.harvard.edu
Adam Winkler winkler at ucla.edu
I got a text a few days back from a non-plussed former student, now in law school, doing his first stint as a summer associate in a large prestigious law firm in a big glass box. It reminded me of my two-years as a K Street lawyer. I offer a series of office haiku I wrote back then (the Clinton administration)(I'm currently an “inactive” member of the DC Bar).
The hum of the air
Slumped in my chair nodding off
Suddenly, a knock.
Sealed like a submarine porthole
The law – a depth charge.
Photos on the desk
In clear plastic, places I’ve been
Not ceilings, but sky….
High back swivel chair
Rolls inches and tilts back, forth
Why reach for the phone?
White outlet, beige wall
Two faces in terror bored
Waiting for the prongs.
Press down the button.
In liquid suspended the time
Later than I thought.
Drop ceiling above
If the world weren’t upside down
White enough to ski.