just a young prof those 26+ years ago - but anyone could tell even then that this guy was going places and was someone with a bright future ahead of him. He all but offered me a position as his research assistant if I'd gone to USC. I in fact committed to go there, but a couple of my classmates at the University of Minnesota, who had also been admitted to Harvard, talked me into going to HLS as well.
So I got to take my advanced Constitutional Law from Chemerinsky's mentor, Laurence Tribe, who was one of the best teachers I have ever had and an incredibly nice guy to boot. Once Larry took myself and three other students out to one of his favorite restaurants in Cambridge, recommended some of the pricier items on the menu and picked up the considerable tab on his Harvard business expense credit card. I got an A-minus from him, too.
I was on top of the world in those days, back in 1985. Applied to ten law schools and got into all but one - my first choce, which was Yale. Got accepted at Columbia, Cornell, Penn, USC, UCLA, and a few others, and wound up at Harvard. I shoulda gone to UCLA or USC.... Oh well.