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absentmindedness: another professorial perk

Many practicing lawyes are more than a little envious of classmates and other colleagues who are ensconced in tenured teaching positions (even when we hear them making moans, groans and bones over grading exams).  Once you've reached a certain age -- when your body and brain have lost their youthful vigor -- the notion of trading in a couple more decades of lawyering for a professorship is particularly alluring, although sadly out of reach for most of us.

This tenure-envy is especially intense for those who find Senior Moment Jokes a little less funny and a lot more worrisome, as we notice more and more broken links between our personal RAM and ROM, and between our brains and tongues.  Wouldn't it be nice, we think, to have people expect us to be absentminded -- to think it charming or even an effective tool for the Socratic Method.  It might even allow us to hide serious dementia for quite a few years.

This notion is on my mind this morning, because I read Prof. Ellen Pogdor's account at the White Collar Crime Prof. weblog about a luncheon session Friday on weblogging, at the Association of American Law Schools convention in San Francisco.  I had just seen Prof. Steven Bainbridge's lament from Thursday that "there's nothings in the AALS program about blogging," and his hope that they will think the topic relevant and worth including next year.    I have this sad picture in my head of Prof. B. wandering the AALS conference halls (wine glass in hand?) hoping to find a weblogging colleague for commiseration.   And, then I see Steve's face brighten as he serendipitously stumbles into the White Collar Crime luncheon in time to catch the blawger presentation.

I hope it happened that way.  But, I am indeed envious that nobody would expect Prof. B to have known or remembered the entire AALS schedule -- and, that some bright young research assistant, or faithful secretary, will remind him next January that he's speaking at the 2006 AALS blogger luncheon.  While the rest of us struggle to hide ever-more-frequent Senior Moments, professors smile and go on their charmingly absentminded path toward emeritus status.  Nice perk for the non-perky.

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