Kicking off a recent friendly-but-frank discussion about the relevance of contemporary law review articles, Dean David Rudenstine of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law offered one description: “useless blather puffed up with self-indulgence,” the published view of professor Robert W. Gordon of Yale.

Noting the grimaces of a few dozen Cardozo Law faculty members on hearing such a sentiment as they sat opposite a panel of seven jurists from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Robert D. Sack offered momentary succor before the criticism resumed.