A PROFESSOR PREPARES. There was great emphasis on teaching when I was in law school, and that still seems to be true today. (Mary Jane and I went to a Parents Day at Fordham Law School in Nick’s first year, and attended a mock contracts class taught by Professor Nicholas Johnson, using the Socratic Method. It was terrific. Mary Jane was impressed, and I was happy to tell her that that was what law teaching could be.)
I had Professor Chadbourne for evidence. Over the years he had developed sure fire material, reported cases that perfectly illustrated, often amusingly, points of law. People looked forward to his classes. Yet I knew his secretary, and she told me that he spent over an hour before each class pacing and preparing his presentation, in the same way that an actor will prepare before a stage performance.