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Diary of a Mad Law Professor

Patricia Williams

We're not anxious about whether Elena Kagan is gay. We're anxious about whether she's masculine.

Most people who appear phenotypically "black" don't play around when the government asks them to report their race.

"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?


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