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Diary of a Mad Law Professor

Patricia Williams

It was a cold, gray morning, chance of flurries. As I braced for the
weather that's buffeted the East Coast recently, I thought: What a
spiraling blizzard of bad policy we face.

It is good news that Total Information Awareness has been blocked, at
least for the moment.

The whole sad, messy world was on Code Orange alert on the day I left
for England.

My son collects my change--the random coins that come from little daily
transactions, the pennies, nickels and dimes that build up in my
pockets.

"Ask for a lawyer immediately upon your arrest," reads the little
informational card the ACLU hands out to citizens.

I have a friend who is the only black person living in his luxury
cooperative building. A few years back, there was a
get-to-know-your-neighbor party.

When I was in college, I joined a court-watching project in Roxbury,
Massachusetts. We observed criminal trials, then interviewed judges,
lawyers and witnesses.

Dear Dr. Madlaw,
   As a newly elected member of Congress, I am appalled at the high cost
of living in Washington. What's a hard-working public servant to do?

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Patricia J. Williams
Patricia J. Williams, a professor of law at Columbia University, was born in...

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