Posner Rips Harvard Law Review Editors For Lavish Lifestyles from Bluebook Profits

November 10th, 2013

Judge Posner holds nothing back on p. 103 of his new book, “Reflections on Judging.”

The growth in the Bluebook’s length is probably attributable in part to the desire, largely financial in origin, (fn 103), to issue new editions at short intervals.

FN. 103. I do not know whether, without revenue from the sales of the Bluebook, such perks of Harvard Law Review editors as monthly open-bar parties at local restaurants, twice-weekly deliveries to Gannett House (the review’s premise) of food and snacks via Peapod, daily delivers of fresh bagels, a television room with a Nintendo Wii, an annual “fall ball” at the New England Aquarium, and a spring banquet at the Harvard Club. In my day–if I may be permitted a moment of old fogyism–the only perks were the banquet, held on the eve of the election of the law review president, and a Friday afternoon cocktail party for the review’s officers. The staff of the review, now eighty-eight, was then fifty-six.

I wonder where Judge Posner received such detailed info on the lifestyles of the rich and famous on HLR.