UPDATE: Hansen, Hasen and “My bad,” sorta

There is nothing that upsets law professors more than having their names misspelled.  As he points out, the correct spelling of the Professor’s last name is “Hasen” and not “Hansen.”

The Professor also claims that I “also was wrong about . . . practicing law. I did (and still do).” Come on Rick. You know I didn’t write about signing appellate briefs. I wrote about trial lawyers.  So, perhaps you will tell us how many jury trials you have first chaired, and how many bench trials you first chaired. It would be good too if you gave us the dates and details. That way we could judge whether your views about what is “classy” have ever been tested in the rough and tumble world where you must learn to take a punch.

Hasen also writes, “Nothing like waking up Monday morning to an ad hominem attack by a federal judge.”  Given the Professor’s unprompted post about my lack of “class,” the hypocrisy of claiming to be a victim is something I have come to expect from academics when they are challenged.

But let me not distract the reader from my earlier post.  Who anointed Hasen (or even Hansen) as Ms. Manners and why should anyone care about his perceptions of what is “classy?” Besides, what the hell does “classy” have to do with the substance of what I wrote.

Finally, just this minute, I see that Professor Hasen has written a new piece entitled, Judge Kopf Continues to Make Inappropriate Remarks; Time for Him to Retire.  I have my own thoughts about this piece, but for now I simply urge folks to read it and make their own judgments.


PS I continually refer to Scott Greenfield as “Jeff” but Scott (Jeff) takes it in stride.  I make mistakes like this ’cause I’m old and don’t proof read worth a damn.  So, what’s-his-name ought not feel either special or particularly aggrieved.

9 responses

  1. Pingback: Judge Kopf Continues to Make Inappropriate Remarks; Time for Him to Retire | Election Law Blog

  2. Hasen may be a pain but he is not a sufficient sample to justify your rant against law profs. See Justice Brandeis in the Orient Case. I assume you are familiar with the case. Ups your sample just cot better.

  3. Tough guy trial lawyer here. Law professors are good for something, but asking them for advice on trial work is like asking the Briggs and Stratton engineer how to cut grass.

  4. If I were you, I would have retired, but my guilty pleasure is that I know damn well you’re not going to. Almost as much of a curmudgeon as me. I raise my glass of Dunkel to you!

    Judge K, you may be the last candid federal judge. While I disagree with you often enough, you are undoubtedly making Robert Jackson and Donald Ross smile when reading your blog.

  5. He could stand to lighten up. Just a bit. I’ve met a law professor or two who thought they knew how to try a case. Generally not.

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