Emory Law Journal


I neither defend nor prosecute defendants. I am a law professor, and my contact with flesh-and-blood criminals extends only so far as visiting prisons and interviewing convicts for research purposes. Some of the prisoners I’ve interviewed have become my friends; others, my long-term correspondents, through the process of my learning and writing about them. Mostly, though, I work not with criminals but with criminal law—a field I adore. You could say, following Max Weber, that I live for as well as off my chosen field.