A thank you letter (or hate mail) for Fred Rodell

19 February 2018

Fred Rodell, the once revered Yale Law School professor and the “bad boy of American legal academia” wrote that “[t]here are two things wrong with almost all legal writing. One is its style. The other is its content.” His harrowing words acutely capture my conflicting relationship with (legal) writing, but more on point, it makes the path laid out before me (as someone in legal academia), a more difficult one to take.

Mark Kawakami

Teacher. Lawyer. Failed Comedian. Weekend Researcher.