Groundhog Law

21 Pages Posted: 24 Jun 2021

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Richard Delgado

Seattle University School of Law

Date Written: June 17, 2021


Is law an academic discipline like chemistry, history, or English that belongs on a university campus? Rodrigo and the professor discuss an innocent question by a conference attender who wanted to know why legal knowledge never seems to advance. Rodrigo and the professor are struck by how legal scholarship fails to pass law-review muster unless each statement comes accompanied by a footnote reference to a past writer who said exactly the same thing. They ponder the ways this mindset resembles Gabriel Garcia Marquez's novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude, and the movie Groundhog Day.

Keywords: legal scholarship, narrative jurisprudence, critical race theory, law and literature

Suggested Citation

Delgado, Richard, Groundhog Law (June 17, 2021). 21 J. L. Society 1 (2021), U of Alabama Legal Studies Research Paper No. 3869167, Available at SSRN:

Richard Delgado (Contact Author)

Seattle University School of Law ( email )

United States

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