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Diary of a Mad Law Professor

Patricia Williams

"Bio-prospecting" is unreflective--and unregulated.

The cost of failing to see our common fate.

Citizens United raises the questions: why is speech the functional equivalent of money, and why are corporations considered persons?

It is manifestly barbarous that children should be tossed into jail for life.

It's peculiar, the vocabulary that makes a liability out of the Nobel Prize.

When does a society tip from expressive speech into excessive fulmination and then into repression or violence?

What's at stake could very well be nothing less than America's own Weimar moment.

Michael Jackson's fame and fortune ensured he had few barriers to the pursuit of whatever Mad Hatter fancy seized him--including his made-to-order kids.


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