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Saturday, April 29, 2006


I've run across a handful of interesting items in avoiding studying Property today (and I actually really liked Property, so this might be a bad omen).  I figure I might as well throw them on here to try to drag the rest of you as well.  

Apparently Prof. Jim Chen is a finalist in yet another dean search, this time at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.  I don't know Prof. Chen (though I am in  his Statutory Interpretation course next semester, assuming he doesn't take the job), but I've seen him on a handful of these short lists (I remember Utah and South Carolina offhand), so I have to wonder if it isn't just a matter of time before he takes off.  If Chen does leave it will cut the number of former Clarence Thomas/Michael Luttig clerks on the faculty in half.  

For those of you in the law library right now, just be glad we don't go to Baylor.

Looks like Duke will be in the hunt for a new dean as well.  (Ok, fine, I've been reading Leiter, so sue me, no wait don't, I just can't resist the faculty movement gossip, and he has that, if nothing else, going for him)

Finally, Wednesday marked the 20th Anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.  As I am a big fan of nuclear energy, I see Chernobyl as a horrible learning experience, a show of what not to do, not an ominous warning that we shouldn't use the stuff at all, which is the Greenpeace/UCS position.  David Satter had an excellent piece on NRO Wednesday explaining what went wrong.  Turns out the problem wasn't nuclear energy, it was communism.  Ok, I'm reading into it a little bit, but I think it's a fair statement.  


Crap - the only reason I'm taking Statutory Interp is because of Chen. And who will we have advise us for T.O.R.T. if he goes???

And if communism is the explanation for Chernobyl, what's the explanation for Three Mile Island?
The explanation for Three Mile Island is that our safety measures worked, no one was hurt, and we actually learned from what happened there, improving safety in other plants from that point on.
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