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November 24, 2011

So very thankful for so much this Thanksgiving

I have so much to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving 2011, I do not even know where to start.  I do know that today is an especially good day to be thankful that most Americans will spend today reflecting on how much they have to be thankful for in this wonderful nation rather than spending so much time complaining about this or that.  

I know that I (and many others) do a fair share of complaining on this blog, but that goes with the lawyering territory: I often tell my law students that one of the greatest aspects of being a lawyer is that you get paid for complaining.  But, I am thankful that I have been successful as a professional complainer, and I hope readers know that much of my complaining on this blog about US sentencing law and policy is based in my belief that the greatest nation in human history can and should always be striving to be even greater in its commitment to human freedom and to fostering a national environment that enables all to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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Happy thanksgiving, and thank you for your consistently stimulating blog.

Posted by: Andrew Gradman | Nov 25, 2011 12:24:26 AM

I wish that I could have been one of your students. You wouldn't
have liked me much. Great job!

Posted by: G.lanker | Nov 25, 2011 6:00:30 AM

Giving thanks for Prof. Berman, his intelligence, his courage in allowing dissent from and loving criticism of the lawyer profession. A precious rarity.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Nov 25, 2011 6:01:47 PM

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