Richard Delgado, ‘Groundhog Law’

Is law an academic discipline like chemistry, history, or English that belongs on a university campus? Rodrigo and the professor discuss an innocent question by a conference attender who wanted to know why legal knowledge never seems to advance. Rodrigo and the professor are struck by how legal scholarship fails to pass law-review muster unless each statement comes accompanied by a footnote reference to a past writer who said exactly the same thing. They ponder the ways this mindset resembles Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude, and the movie Groundhog Day.

Delgado, Richard, Groundhog Law (June 17, 2021) 21 Journal of Law in Society 1 (2021), University of Alabama Legal Studies Research Paper No 3869167.

First posted 2021-06-24 10:00:16

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