Introducing Guest Blogger Eric Muller


I’m very pleased to introduce Professor Eric Muller, of the University of North Carolina School of Law. Eric, who will be visiting with us for the next month or so, is well known to many for his blog Is That Legal (which he started way back in January 2003, BCE.) He is a graduate of Cherry Hill High School East, Brown University and Yale Law School. After clerking for Judge H. Lee Sarokin, and working at Anderson, Russell, Kill and Olick (conveniently known as ARKO, until they reformed as Anderson, Kill, Olick, and Oshinsky, which carried the more zooilogical sounding “AKOO” acronym), Professor Muller served as an assistant United States Attorney in New Jersey under Michael Chertoff. In 1994 he joined the University of Wyoming School of Law and four years later moved to Chapel Hill. He is now the George R. Ward Professor of Law.

Eric started out as a plain old crimprof, but has morphed into a leading scholar on Japanese Internment during World War II. His book, Free to Die for their Country: The Story of the Japanese American Draft Resisters in World War II (U of Chicago Press), was named one of the Washington Post’s top nonfiction books of 2001. Chapter 1 is available here. His law review publications include: Solving the Batson Paradox: Harmless Error, Jury Representation, and the Sixth Amendment, 106 Yale Law Journal 93 (1996), The Hobgoblin of Little Minds? Our Foolish Law of Inconsistent Verdicts, 111 Harvard Law Review 771 (1998), All the Themes But One, 66 University of Chicago Law Review 1395 (1999), Betrayal on Trial: Japanese American ‘Treason’ in World War II , 82 North Carolina Law Review 1759 (2004), and Constitutional Conscience, 84 Boston University Law Review 571 (2004).

Interested readers may also want to read Greg Robinson’s and Eric’s amazing takedown of Michelle Malkin’s “In Defense of Internment.”

Eric is pictured here with one of his heroes.

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