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My Letter From Dean

So this morning I get an e-mail to my university address from Howard Dean, thanking me for “the tremendous support you provided the Party and its candidates as a volunteer attorney for the Democratic Party in the 2004 election,” and inviting me to join the DNC’s new “National Lawyers Council.” This is amusing, of course, because I did not lift a finger on behalf of the Democratic Party last year. I did, however, receive numerous phone calls and e-mails at my office from various Democratic party activists who were systematically contacting law professors in battleground states. They were operating under the reasonable assumption that most legal academics would want to help Democratic candidates. I find this particualrly amusing given the conniptions some have whenever anyone dares suggest that the academy leans to the Left.

Jonathan H. Adler — Mr. Adler is an NRO contributing editor and the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. His latest book is Marijuana Federalism: Uncle Sam and Mary Jane.

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