….because scholars from our faculty are cited in court opinions more than scholars from other faculty.
This, I guess, is what the legal academy has been reduced to: they don’t try cases (heaven forfend!); the don’t practice law or deal with clients; they don’t even get their hands as dirty as arguing appeals would get them. No, the measure of their contribution is whether their scholarly articles receive mention in some obscure appellate court opinion – that nobody reads or follows anyway – more than some other scholarly articles.
The fact that some of these guys even have the time to undertake a project as meaningless as that speaks volumes in itself.