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Diary of a Mad Law Professor

Patricia Williams

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?

Well, the elephant is out of the barn now. Congress is lost and whither
Congress, so will go the courts.

During one pleasant dinner aboard the Nation cruise, one of my
tablemates told an amusing story about Einstein giving a lecture in
which he stated that he expected the solar system to im

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

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