All RAs are Not Created Equal

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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6 Responses

  1. Someday perhaps we’ll get concrete evidence of the so-called briliance that elevates him above the rest of us; ’till then, I guess we’ll just have to take the noted unbiased say-so’s of Prof. Tribe, the NY Times and Michelle Obama.

  2. Someday perhaps we’ll get concrete evidence of the so-called brilliance that elevates him above the rest of us; ’till then, I guess we’ll just have to take the noted unbiased say-so’s of Prof. Tribe, the NY Times and Michelle Obama.

  3. Mitch Guthman says:

    This quote from Tribe does nothing to increase my comfort level with Obama. The impression that Tribe gives is that while Obama was happy to have the prestige of being Tribe’s RA he apparently felt that actually doing doing legal research was somehow beneath him. At the same time, it feeds the impression Obama is a fragile candidate, a hothouse flower that isn’t hardy enough to flourish except under highly favorable and closely controlled conditions. Not good. I wish Tribe had just left it alone.

  4. John C says:

    “The impression that Tribe gives is that while Obama was happy to have the prestige of being Tribe’s RA he apparently felt that actually doing doing legal research was somehow beneath him.”

    How did you get that from the quoted language? The most the article can show is that Tribe preferred to give Obama different responsibilities from the other RA’s. It says nothing about what Obama felt was his proper role. You just made that up.

    “At the same time, it feeds the impression Obama is a fragile candidate, a hothouse flower that isn’t hardy enough to flourish except under highly favorable and closely controlled conditions. Not good.”

    Again, how did you get this from the article? Even assuming that your impression of Obama not wanting to do the peon work is correct (which is apparently is not), how does that translate into “Obama the delicate flower”? He obviously did flourish in the role in which he was given by Tribe – and there is no reason to believe from this article that Obama could not have done the peon-RA work had it been assigned to him.

  5. John C says:

    “The impression that Tribe gives is that while Obama was happy to have the prestige of being Tribe’s RA he apparently felt that actually doing doing legal research was somehow beneath him.”

    How did you get that from the quoted language? The most the article can show is that Tribe preferred to give Obama different responsibilities from the other RA’s. It says nothing about what Obama felt was his proper role. You just made that up.

    “At the same time, it feeds the impression Obama is a fragile candidate, a hothouse flower that isn’t hardy enough to flourish except under highly favorable and closely controlled conditions. Not good.”

    Again, how did you get this from the article? Even assuming that your impression of Obama not wanting to do the peon work is correct (which is apparently is not), how does that translate into “Obama the delicate flower”? He obviously did flourish in the role in which he was given by Tribe – and there is no reason to believe from this article that Obama could not have done the peon-RA work had it been assigned to him.

  6. John C says:

    “The impression that Tribe gives is that while Obama was happy to have the prestige of being Tribe’s RA he apparently felt that actually doing doing legal research was somehow beneath him.”

    How did you get that from the quoted language? The most the article can show is that Tribe preferred to give Obama different responsibilities from the other RA’s. It says nothing about what Obama felt was his proper role. You just made that up.

    “At the same time, it feeds the impression Obama is a fragile candidate, a hothouse flower that isn’t hardy enough to flourish except under highly favorable and closely controlled conditions. Not good.”

    Again, how did you get this from the article? Even assuming that your impression of Obama not wanting to do the peon work is correct (which is apparently is not), how does that translate into “Obama the delicate flower”? He obviously did flourish in the role in which he was given by Tribe – and there is no reason to believe from this article that Obama could not have done the peon-RA work had it been assigned to him.