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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

The University of Mississippi College of Law, Starkville, Mississippi

As a Mississippi law professor, one of the things that happens to me when I'm at one of those speed schmoozing gigs, i.e., academic conferences (and, BTW, no one has anything on Dan Markel when it comes to schmoozing) is that the following conversation inevitably occurs:

Random  Person (squinting at my mid-section to read my name tag):  Oh, hi. You're  Paul Secunda.  Nice to finally meet  you.  I see you're at Mississippi.  You're colleagues with Mike  McCann and Greg Bowman, right?

Me:   I know them and quite like them, but they are at a different law school in the     State of Mississippi, Mississippi College.  I am at Ole Miss Law School.

Random Person (confused now):   Ole Miss?  Isn't that really just Mississippi State?

Me (speaking without having to think):   Um....no, Mississippi State does not have a law school.  Ole Miss is the University of Mississippi.

Random Person (by now feigning interest):  So you're in Hattiesburg?

Me (ready to move on):  No, Oxford.  Near Memphis.  Southern Miss is in Hattiesburg.

Random Person (really ready to schmooze with someone else now):  Well, anyway, nice  meeting you.  Please say hello to Mike and Greg for me.

Now, I want to make clear from the outset that I have nothing against Mississippi College, a fine, private institution in Jackson, MS, and, in fact, I count many of their faculty among my friends.  The problem is simply this:  I don't teach there.

So to set the record straight for once and for all (and just in case anyone cares):  I am at the University of Mississippi School of Law (also called Ole Miss Law School), a public law school  in Oxford, MS (about an hour south of Memphis, TN and two hours north of Jackson).   And I generally do not sit on white rocking chairs on verandas sipping mint juleps (though I'm not saying I never have).

Finally, I am not colleagues with fellow bloggers Mike McCann or Greg Bowman, though I did have a delightful dinner with them at the SEALS conference where we drank red wine out of chicken pitchers (don't ask).

All clear?  Fabulous.

Posted by Workplace Prof on August 9, 2006 at 04:16 PM in Life of Law Schools | Permalink


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Frank, I like the suggestion! Not sure about what Grisham has endowed down here, but he has been very generous. And you're right, Faulkner absolutely infuses this place (and this is not a bad thing at all).

Posted by: Paul M. Secunda | Aug 21, 2006 1:40:21 PM

Perhaps you should just tell them it's in Yoknapatawpha County! It is nice to know it's in Oxford--I'm sure there's all manner of FAulkner memorabilia there (am I right to think John Grisham endowed a museum of Faulkneriana there?)

Posted by: Frank | Aug 21, 2006 11:40:37 AM

Paul, maybe there is a unification process between Ole Miss and Mississippi College that we have not been told about? :-)

Posted by: Mike McCann | Aug 9, 2006 8:41:05 PM

Paul, that is absolutely priceless. Of course, this is all part of my school's dastardly plan to proudly claim you as a faculty member (with all the glory that would bring us), while not having to pay your salary. Apparently our plan is working quite well.

Posted by: Gregory W. Bowman | Aug 9, 2006 8:17:55 PM

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