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