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Author(s)Paul Campos
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AbstractOne of the characters in Anna Karenina is a lady of St. Petersburg's high society who is known for her brilliant and witty observations. Yet this reputation, Tolstoy notes, is a product of nothing more than the fact that she merely utters what other people are thinking but are too polite (or cowardly) to say.

In that spirit, I would like to make some observations, drawn from nearly seventeen years spent as a legal academic. I will do so using a particular device: the depicting of several fictional yet all-too-familiar legal academic characters. With one exception these characters are imaginary-yet their name is legion. You already know them; indeed, to a certain extent (the precise extent being between you and God) you-or rather we-are at least a little like one or more of them.