turned eagerly to your feature on the "Kings of Chaos"
to find Professor Sunstein and was not disappointed. I attempted
to visit Professor Sunstein in his office only once while at the
Law School; I had a near-suicidal idea for an independent-study
paper and wanted to float it to him. His door at that time was
customarily guarded by a large blackish dog named "Bear,"
who wisely chose to sit in the hallway outside rather than in
the office itself.
arrived on this particular day to find a loosely packed knee-deep
floor cover. There was a spot immediately in front of Sunstein's
desk that a more-or-less graceful student could leap to if very
motivated. Not being all that motivated, I hesitated at the door
and asked, "Do you need some help in here?" You get
one free question to establish yourself on the intellectual food
chain, and I realized immediately that I had wasted mine. Sunstein
looked confused for only a fraction of a moment, and then answered,
"No, I don't think so."
then hurled myself-60-lb. book bag and all-to the speaking spot
and equally awkwardly outlined my paper idea. Sunstein listened
politely, nodded a vague assent, and went back to his reading.
I stood for an eternal moment, then slowly realized my audience
was over. I vaulted out again and went back to the comparatively
well-ordered Green Lounge. I thought about the paper a little
more but never wrote it.
gone to Professor Sunstein with a few more dumb questions since
then, and he always listens politely. However, I usually just
Dunbar Jones, JD'98