Wednesday, September 11, 2002

Evidence of a Real Law School

Many graduates of Harvard Law School who have affectionate memories of their alma matter -- and even some graduates whose memories of HLS have a somewhat different tinge -- are in the habit of referring to their alma matter as THE LAW SCHOOL.

It recently came to our attention that the alumni/ae magazine of the New York University School of Law bears the title THE LAW SCHOOL.

The thought that one of these two law schools might have exclusive ownership of the nomenclature "THE LAW SCHOOL" naturally crossed our minds. But this inchoate suspicion that the principle of non-contradiction was somehow being called into question quickly passed from our minds when the tendency of people affiliated with Harvard Law School and New York University School of Law to use self-referential, self-aggrandizing, and self-promoting nomenclature caused a rather different and more important thought to become energized in our brain coils.

While readily and rapidly recognizing that perfect justice is an impossibility on earth, scholars and administrators at the Cardozo School of Law came to appreciate that the moral and legal imperative of non-deceptive marketing makes it essential for Cardozo (the law school) to abandon prior semantic practice and choose a new title for its alumni/ae magazine, a title that recognizes Cardozo's distinctive place in legal education. After extensive deliberation, it was decided that the new title of Cardozo's alumni/ae magazine would have to be none other than "THE REAL LAW SCHOOL." We came to appreciate that only this nomenclature can circumspectly but clearly communicate to the world (and to potential tuition-paying students) the message that at Cardozo, which is a true community of scholars --, the message that at Cardozo matters such as political proclivities and wealth are not what (generally) count but that only matters such as intellectual creativity and scholarly substance (generally) do. [The word "generally" is inserted occasionally in the preceding sentence -- twice, to be precise -- in recognition of the previously-mentioned impossibility of perfect terrestrial justice. Like Immanuel Kant, Cardozo's community of scholars recognizes that human perfection lies in the struggle for perfection. {And if anything is clear, it is clear that the eminent and enlightened legal scholars at Cardozo struggle a lot -- over money, for example.}]

Veridical & evidentially-supported veritas to you all!

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