Nicholas A. Christakis+ Your Authors @NAChristakis Sterling Professor of Social & Natural Science at Yale. Physician. Author of Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society. Luckily wed @ErikaChristakis Feb. 26, 2019 1 min read + Your Authors

If you are a law professor who has represented unpopular clients, or an obstetrics professor who has performed abortions, or a divinity professor who believes in a god, or a biology professor using STEM cells, you can’t be a good steward for modern students? @ProfRonSullivan

It seems that the students have lost sight of fundamental principles underlying our free society. Think about this: President John Adam thought his defense of deeply unpopular clients was 'one of the best pieces of service he ever rendered his country.' 

I mean, why do we need lawyers? Or courts? The police would not arrest someone if they were not guilty, right? We can just have a system in which only the innocent are afforded the niceties of due process.

In what way might the work of a criminal defense lawyer be a model for students? Do students like this aspect of the job: “Sullivan has clearly established himself as the Muhammad Ali in the fight against Mass Incarceration”? 

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