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Dave Hoffman

Dave Hoffman is the Murray Shusterman Professor of Transactional and Business Law at Temple Law School. He specializes in law and psychology, contracts, and quantitative analysis of civil procedure. He currently teaches contracts, civil procedure, corporations, and law and economics.

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  1. Phoenician in a time of Romans says:

    Hugh Cook, a NZ author, put out a series a while back which reminded me a good deal of Jack Vance. One of the amusing aspects of it was how background characters in one book would show up as protaganists in another, revealing themselves to be very different from how they were perceived by others.

    _The Walrus and the Warwolf” (1988) includes some legal trials as major plot points. Including one (Chapter 40) written as a Gospel to a later religion:

    18 And the Persecutors withdrew, yet returned at noon the next day.

    19 And they found waiting for them a Being dressed in Magnificence, and he was not as other men, for there was thunder on his brow and in his voice also.

    20 And he drew himself up to his Height, and, verily, they looked as Children beside him.

    21 And he said, ‘Lo, behold your doom, for I am Garimanthea the Mighty, the Flail of Righteousness, the Breaker of Strong Men, the Destroyer of Prosperity, for I am barrister, solicitor, notary public and attorney at law.’

    22 Then were the Persectutors frightened exceedingly, and sought to flee.

    23 But it was too late.

  2. Miriam Cherry says:

    Wow. George RR Martin is on board with Concurring Opinions? Wow. Awesome!! :)

  3. Jeff says:

    Susanna Clark’s “Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrell” briefly describes a separate systems of courts set up in England with jurisdiction to try magic-related offenses, such as impersonating a magician. It’s mildly amusing, but not as amusing as the rest of the book.