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When I began teaching Antitrust, I was the junior colleague of a more senior antitrust scholar, teaching the course on opposite semesters to the relatively few students who were forced by scheduling conflicts to take the course with me as their teacher. After my senior colleague departed for another school – and after the departure of some other senior Law and Economics colleagues – I was for a brief period the senior antitrust scholar at the institution, and this was in only my fifth year of teaching law. Boston University soon approached me and my wife with the offer of appointments, and we decided to accept. I would again become the junior colleague of a more senior antitrust professor, this time Joe Brodley. Of course, I knew who Joe Brodley was, and the notion of quitting a post as the senior antitrust professor at a relatively highly ranked school to become the junior antitrust colleague to Joe Brodley struck me as uncontroversial. In today’s status-obsessed market, such a move would strike junior professors as indefensible. But in those days, most scholars seemed focused less on rankings and more on the quality of work done by individuals – at least that was my perception then, however wrong it may have been. Joe had been a famous antitrust scholar for some time when I moved to Boston University, and I viewed the combination of myself as the junior scholar and Joe as the senior one as a potentially good antitrust faculty – if I could live up to my end of the bargain.



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