I write today as a proud Asian American. While there is a long history of violence against Asians in this country, the events of the last year, culminating in the mass murder of Asian American women in Atlanta, have been particularly troubling. They call to me for a response. It has been quite a year. Not only has it been marked by anti-Asian statements from President Trump and other Republicans, but also by the murder of George Floyd, which also involved a Hmong officer. It is a moment that calls for reflection on the Asian American experience in this country.


I want to point out the important distinctions between the BLM protests and the Trump insurrection. With the BLM protests, there were thousands of largely peaceful responses to historical instances of racial injustice, peppered with opportunists who were unlawful.

The insurrection, on the other hand, was a sustained and intentional attempt by the President of the United States to overturn the lawful transfer of power by inciting a violent mob. The mob that attacked the nation’s Capital was merely an instrument of the President’s unlawful act. We must understand the serious threat that Trump’s actions pose to the foundational commitments…


I wrote this essay for my classes this term because I want them to know what I think a class in legal theory should be like. I want to refute the belief that legal education is simply about learning useful skills for analysis that can be sold in the marketplace for legal services. This view of legal education is incompatible with the requirement set out in our Model Rules of Professional Conduct that “lawyers play a vital role in the preservation of society.” We must realize that serving a higher responsibility, maligned though that concept may be, is the most…


Humanitas (Journal of the National Humanities Institute), 33(1–2), 51–68, 2020. ISSN 1066–7210

This essay argues that the information revolution is creating new social imaginary, a term defined by the philosopher, Charles Taylor, as referring to the way that social relations and expectations are commonly imagined in a society. AI today discovers social relations in graphs of networked knowledge too subtle for human beings to detect. It finds people and brings them together in dating sites and political factions, for example. And, it makes decisions by finding patterns that occur in graphs of human actions and preferences. This means it is…


Harper Library, University of Chicago

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The scope of change that is coming is truly unprecedented. The economist, Michael Spence, recently observed that on the current track of development, by 2050, the computational power of the best machines will exceed the total collective computational power of the human species. It is impossible to know the meaning of a titanic upsurge in computation on that scale. If computation represents human cognitive enhancement, then the closest historical precedent is the coming of literacy more than 1,500 years ago. Just as writing allowed human beings…


The Moral Evolution of the Ecosystem of Legal Education Demands Reforming the Bar Exam

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A society is never stagnant. It heaves and groans with its muscular operations, like Carl Sandberg’s Chicago, the hog butcher to the world, that in its brawny labor also shoots out new verdant tendrils teaming with possibilities that find new places to grow, “building, breaking and rebuilding.” This is the organic reality of living systems. It is true also of the laws that guide society and express the hopes, dreams, angers, and fears of the people who live under it. …


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The murder of George Floyd is neither surprising nor unusual; that is the tragic reality of it. His name is added to a list in the last few months with Ahmaud Arbery, Bronna Taylor, Christian Cooper, Tony McDade, and so many, many others before that. African Americans routinely are killed this way in America, and that is the norm. This must stop. The policies that enable it must be changed. There can be no genuine peace until this happens. The use of state sanctioned violence to…


The practice of law is undergoing a period of intensive change that is being driven by recent technological developments. These changes will not only transform the day-to-day practice of law and the economics of the legal services industry, but also will drive changes in the way legal theory is approached and the role of the lawyer in the American democracy. More precisely, while artificial intelligence has been applied to legal research and practice for decades, the development of massive amounts of data in the form of on-line legal research, and inexpensive, extremely powerful centrally located computing (i.e., cloud computing), have…


Anglophone legal theorists look to analytic philosophy for core presuppositions. For example, the epistemological theories of Ludwig Wittgenstein and Willard Quine shape the theories of Dennis Patterson and Brian Leiter, respectively. These epistemologies are anti-foundationalist since they reject the kind of certain truth-claims exemplified in Cartesian philosophy. And they are coherentist in that they seek to legitimate truth-claims by reference to entire linguistic systems. While these theories are insightful, the current context of information and communication technologies (ICT) has created new informational concepts and issues. As a result, the analytic epistemologies are increasingly challenged by alternative perspectives. One such alternative…


This essay introduces the philosophy of legal information (PLI), which is a response to the radical changes brought about in philosophy by the information revolution. It reviews in some detail the work of Luciano Floridi, who is an influential advocate for an information turn in philosophy that he calls the philosophy of information (PI). Floridi proposes that philosophers investigate the conceptual nature of information as it currently exists across multiple disciplines. He shows how a focus on the informational nature of traditional philosophical questions can be transformative for philosophy and for human self-understanding. The philosophy of legal information (PLI) proposed…

Kevin P Lee

Professor of Law with expertise in philosophical ethics and jurisprudence. (Thoughts are mine, not legal advice)

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