area that is yet served by Verizon FiOS, which would give him even greater
access to the games, and with a better-quality picture. For the second,
lesser-known fact about Bob is that he is a big fan of modern technology,
so long as it is helpful rather than just a gimmick. For example, he loves his
MacBook to such an extent that he has no desktop computer in his office at
Stetson. And from it I am regularly Bickeled by email (and I am sure many
others are too!) All his class notes and what I still refer to as handouts are
mounted on the Stetson intranet as course pages, with hyperlinks to source
material. (He has even been kind enough to digest some work of mine and
put it on his course page, with a hyperlink to the full, lengthier version.)
So it occurred to me that the most appropriate way to celebrate Bob’s life
and work would be by combining something worldly, or at least European,
with modern technology.
The idea I hit upon was a variation of a practice that originated in Ger-
many but which is now widespread throughout Europe. It was to have a
, or “celebratory body of writing”. In practice, a
in Eu-
rope traditionally takes the form of a book containing original contributions
by the honored academic’s close colleagues, often including his or her for-
mer students. It is typically published on the occasion of a notable anniver-
sary, and a seventieth birthday certainly qualifies in that regard.
A few
have previously been published to honor American
law professors. They have, however, been published as special issues of
law reviews where, I suspect, they have tended to languish unread —
and so hardly honoring the person to whom they were presented. But, in
2003, a new variation on the traditional
was established, when
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