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Reply #47: Obama was "lecturer in law" was not a "professor", and there is a difference. [View All]

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amandabeech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-30-11 08:55 PM
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47. Obama was "lecturer in law" was not a "professor", and there is a difference.
Professors of law are subject to the "publish or perish" rule of all academics. Lecturers are generally exempt, and are more like adjuncts.

Obama has not published any significant legal scholarship on this or any other legal topic. If he had, I'm sure that we would have heard about it by now. At Harvard in his day, members of the Law Review were not forced to submit legal scholarship to be published in the Law Review. This appears to be different from many law reviews and journals, particularly that of Yale, Harvard's competitor, where at the time Obama was in law school, each member of the Law Journal had to write a substantial piece of legal scholarship that was of publishable quality.

It has been reported that a friend of his from the Law Review, who is now a real professor at Georgetown Law School, that Obama found the Constitution to be a flawed document, but I don't recall that the professor disclosed details of Obama's views, which I think would be helpful here.

In sum, Obama was not a professor and published no material that would give us a real idea of how his legal mind works or what his theory of the Constitution actually is.
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