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August 16, 2004


Underneath Their Robes: "The E! True Hollywood Story of Guido Calabresi"

Readers who had followed our earlier coverage of Second Circuit Judge Guido Calabresi's controversial comments this June before the American Constitution Society (see my original commentary, with links to the rest of the blogosphere here, and see my follow-up with links to broader editorial reaction here) might be interested in a recent story on the judge in "Underneath Their Robes." The website is a humorous look at federal judges, by its own description "a combination of People, US Weekly, Page Six, The National Enquirer, and Tigerbeat, focused not on vacuous movie stars or fatuous teen idols, but on federal judges. Article III judges are legal celebrities, the 'rock stars' of the legal profession's upper echelons. This weblog is a source of news, gossip, and colorful commentary about these judicial superstars!"

As a friend and former student of Judge Calabresi, I'd say that the piece is a bit harsh and delves too much into psychobabble; but it is nonetheless a well-written read and a summary of the career -- and criticisms -- of a thinker who is in many respects the intellectual founder of modern American tort law. We at PointOfLaw, of course, see a lot of flaws in that tort law system. I'd personally be more interested in more analysis of Guido's academic contributions, rather than superficial pop-psychology, but that's not UTR's mission -- we'll have to do that here. Anyway, despite the article's harshness, I found a lot to smile about in the way of "Guido memories" as I read the account -- and the wasabi story is priceless...

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