Tuesday, November 21, 2006

"Subtle, fast and deep."

A great article on Lawrence Sager, the dean of the University of Texas at Austin law school. I love Dworkin’s letter of recommendation and Sager’s advice to the students:

A few years ago, Sager considered leaving NYU for Boston University, where his wife taught.

Ronald Dworkin, one of the most cited legal scholars of all time, wrote the briefest of recommendation letters.

"Sager is subtle, fast and deep," Dworkin wrote. "You should hire him."

Still, his casual, almost rumpled way inspires familiarity.

"Many academicians can turn you off, but he is the reverse," said San Antonio attorney and former U.S. Rep. Tom Loeffler, who serves on the UT Law School Foundation's governing board. "He is always capable of keeping one's attention."
Students said they also have found Sager to be attentive. Mindful of the lingering perception that the school is unfriendly to black and Hispanic students, he reacted swiftly to a recent "ghetto fabulous" party hosted by some law students.

Sager condemned the party, telling students: "Should the possibility of this sort of conduct present itself, please, please think twice. And then think twice again."

Read the entire article here.

[HT: Althouse ]

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