November 2, 2009 6:17 PM
Ralph Nader Has a Bone to Pick with Law Schools
Posted by Brian Baxter
Harvard Law School grad and noted left-wing activist Ralph Nader visited his alma mater Friday to tout his new book--Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!--and to take a few digs at the law school establishment. (The book is Nader's first attempt at fiction--"practical utopian fiction," as the author describes it.)
The Harvard Crimson reports that Nader used the occasion to lecture attendees on what he sees as a commercial bias in the law school curriculum.
"The law is being evaded, circumvented, destroyed, and mocked," Nader said. "What's your indignation level? We're not dealing with trivia here--we're dealing with our country."
Nader also lashed out at what he termed "high-risk" investment policies pursued by former Harvard president and Treasury secretary Lawrence Summers--now serving as director of the White House's National Economic Council--and the silence of law schools nationwide during the Bush administration's controversial military actions abroad.
"Where were the law schools? Where were the deans?" Nader asked. "We're seeing a very serious decay of our legal system."
The Crimson reports that most of the attendees seemed receptive to Nader's criticisms, although some weren't sure whether they'd rush to the bookstore to pick up Nader's book, which was released in September.
"I don't get to read too often these days," third-year law student Craig Altemose told the student paper.Make a comment