Academe and the Judiciary at Odds

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Adam Niklewicz for The Chronicle Review

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Adam Niklewicz for The Chronicle Review

The United States is unusual in the porousness of the membranes that separate the different branches of the legal profession. The judiciary, both federal and state, is a lateral-entry institution rather than a conventional civil service. And unlike the British lateral-entry judiciary (which, however, is loosening up and becoming more like ours), in which the judges are drawn from a narrow, homogeneous slice of the legal profession—namely, senior