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I’d say Zephyr Teachout, visiting assistant professor at Duke Law School, can rest assured that she will earn a tenured post at a prestigious law school one day.  All she needs to put in her file is today’s column by George F. Will, who devotes his entire Sunday space to criticizing a recent law review article by Teachout.  What better proof of her merit to a liberal-dominated tenure committee than to be attacked by America’s leading conservative newspaper columnist?  She couldn’t have asked for more.

Matthew J. Franck — Matthew J. Franck is the Director of the William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey.

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U.S.

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Film & TV

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