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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Some Suggestions for Dean Emperor Caron and the Buzzworthy New Regime at Pepperdine

As Brian Leiter enthusiastically announces, tax-law-blogger and blog-impresario Paul Caron, nicknamed in Frank Herbert fashion "Blog Emperor Caron," is about to become "Dean Emperor Caron" at Pepperdine Law School. Before taking a puckish turn with this post, let me say that of course I add my congratulations. I have found Paul lovely to talk with in person and via the occasional email and such. Among his many posts at TaxProf Blog over the years, a great number of them have evidenced his warm and caring relationship with his students and his abiding concern for them. I don't doubt he'll bring that same sensibility to his job as dean. Best wishes, Paul! 

The thought did strike me upon his announcement as dean: Given the blog empire he has long been associated with, what if Pepperdine under his administration decided to deemphasize US News Rankings as a major metric, and focus instead on things like page hits and buzzworthiness? To that end, may I suggest that we offer as a gift to the incoming dean some possible "buzzworthier" titles for courses in the standard law school curriculum. I'll start the ball rolling with two suggestions:

Contracts: Henceforth to be renamed in the Pepperdine curriculum and course catalog "Will This Fantastic New Medical Treatment Keep Your Hands Looking Young and Lovely for Life?" 

Civil Procedure: "86 Ways to Triumph in Court. You Won't Believe Number 56!"


Posted by Paul Horwitz on March 7, 2017 at 01:22 PM in Paul Horwitz | Permalink


Maybe a course sponsored by HelloGiggles as highlighted on Yahoo: "You Won't Believe What the Republicans Are Trying Now, And It Makes Us So Angry!"

Posted by: EGV | Mar 8, 2017 1:24:12 PM

I'm guessing his new duties will seriously curtail the number of blog posts he publishes day down to a paltry 30 or 40.

Posted by: D.C. | Mar 8, 2017 8:34:05 AM

We loved patentable subject matter in the '80s. But what it looks like today is shocking!

Posted by: Jordy Singer | Mar 7, 2017 3:43:38 PM

"The 4th Amendment's Surprising DNA Test!"

Posted by: Marcos Antonio Mendoza | Mar 7, 2017 2:17:26 PM

Take ownership of someone else's house with this one weird trick!

Posted by: Daniel Lyons | Mar 7, 2017 1:39:45 PM

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