This precedent seemed perfect. Moreover, so far as I am aware, no
has ever been presented to an American law professor be-
fore. And so it seemed appropriate to establish a new American tradition,
albeit one borrowed from Europe, by honoring Professor Bob Bickel “on the
Occasion of His 70th Birthday.”
V. The
Bob’s career is distinguished not just by the quality of his work, but by its
amazing, inter-disciplinary breadth. The timeline that follows this chapter
gives some indication of the impact that Bob’s work has had in the fields of
Tort Law, Higher Education Law and Policy, and Civil Rights.
Accordingly, it seemed appropriate for the
to include con-
tributions from friends, colleagues, and students in each of these three
fields. Bill Kaplin, himself the distinguished co-author of the seminal trea-
tise on higher education law, starts us off with an essay that provides the
context for all of them: Bob’s passion for social justice. This is followed
by reflections on the quest for justice and the Civil Rights Movement by
award-winning author Jack Bass, around whose book Bob’s Constitutional
Law and the Civil Rights Movement course is organized.
In chapter 4, Barbara Lee — Bill Kaplin’s co-author in higher education
law matters — takes us back to the seminal case of
Loving v. Virginia
and asks what lessons it provides for today’s debates — and the Supreme
Court — over same-sex marriage. Dorothea Beane and Philip Hadley then
take us to another issue currently before the Supreme Court, namely that
of the potential liability in tort law of corporations who have committed a
wrongful act in another country.
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