January 10, 2011


Stern, Seth, & Stephen Wermiel, Justice Brennan: Liberal Champion (Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010) ("Every Monday and Tuesday, Brennan headed to Langdell Hall at 11 A.M. for a course called Public Utilities. The name was a bit of a misnomer, since the instructor felt free to lecture about whatever he pleased, with tangents into politics, economics, philosophy, and history. Five hours of class elapsed before the professor even turned to the first case, examining how the Interstate Commerce Commission regulated railroads. Then he lingered on that one case for a month and four days, dissecting it in such depth that students nicknamed the class 'The Case of the Month Club.' Felix Frankfurter was trying to show the two hundred assembled students how law was shaped by outside forces rather than something to be studied in isolation." Id. at 24.).