Paul L. Caron

Monday, February 17, 2014

A Georgetown LR&W Professor's Anguished Poem

Tiscone-kristenKristen K. Robbins-Tiscione (Georgetown), If I Am a Color:

The second-class status of Legal Research and Writing faculty has been perpetuated by the legal academy for decades. Legal Research and Writing faculty are primarily responsible for teaching legal research and practical legal writing skills to law students, yet they remain ineligible for tenure at roughly 94 percent of the nation’s accredited law schools. This is particularly galling at a time when legal education is under heavy attack for failing to prepare students for law practice.

This poem reflects the anguish of at least one female Legal Research and Writing professor’s twenty-year struggle for equality. The accompanying short article puts the poem in context for the reader.

I am not black.
I am not white.
If I am a color, I am clear. ...

With my own, I can speak.

With the rest, I must listen.
Agree. Defer.

With my own, I am loved.

To the rest, I am lesser.
Unwelcome. Tolerated. ...

I see wagons.
Circling. Excluding.

I am angry.

I am a raisin.
In the sun.

I am a teacher.
I teach legal writing.

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Jeez, law professors are the worst. Awash on a sea of easy federal money that's over-inflated their salaries and sense of entitlement. Do writing professors do any original research? Or do they just preach about semi-colons and the Oxford comma and pretty much dispense the same advice one can get from a Google search?

Posted by: anon | Feb 17, 2014 7:59:44 PM

Is women working for less pay a choice too?

Posted by: Anonymous | Feb 17, 2014 1:47:55 PM

Is this real, or from the Onion?

Posted by: Anonymous2 | Feb 17, 2014 11:01:50 AM

Teaching legal writing is a choice, right?

Posted by: Anonymous | Feb 17, 2014 7:45:39 AM