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I have never heard Al Conard lecture. Nor have I been in a seminar with him. In the twenty or so years that I have been teaching law I expect that I have seen him perhaps half a dozen, perhaps a dozen, times. Yet I, like countless others who may never have even met the man, and whose name he might not recognize, am his student. For I, like all those who have read his work, have in a profound sense been taught by him. He can no more control who all of us are than can a manufacturer of tennis balls control the dog to which some unknown child of an unknown customer will toss his product in order to make the animal run and jump.

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