Barbecue of the Vanities

10 U.C.L.A. Women's L.J. 1 (1999-2000)

U of Texas Law, Law and Econ Research Paper No. 395

39 Pages Posted: 11 Mar 2013

Date Written: January 1, 1999


A rollicking, satirical inside account of a highly dysfunctional law school faculty dominated by pompous, self-important bloviating Alpha males, Queen Bee divas, clueless administrators, and back-stabbing colleagues, all struggling to assert dominance over status, financial gain, and trivial issues of faculty governance. Set in a not-so-fictional Hobbesian law school long on longhorns and short on self-awareness. Featuring riveting subplots of greed, racism, sexism, one-upmanship, and career sabotage, all culminating in an epic narrative of self-dealing intrigue to rival the secretive deliberations to elect a Pope: the annual law school peer salary review. A must-read for anyone contemplating the idyllic life of a law professor, in the tradition of Tom Wolfe, David Lodge, Kinsley Amis, Richard Russo, Alison Laurie and Maureen Dowd (among others).

Keywords: Law professors, legal profession, satire, Alpha males, Queen Bees, racism, sexism, faculty governance

Suggested Citation

Mullenix, Linda S., Barbecue of the Vanities (January 1, 1999). 10 U.C.L.A. Women's L.J. 1 (1999-2000); U of Texas Law, Law and Econ Research Paper No. 395. Available at SSRN:

Linda S. Mullenix (Contact Author)

University of Texas School of Law ( email )

727 East Dean Keeton Street
Austin, TX 78705
United States
512-232-1375 (Phone)

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