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I first heard of Arthur Leff in 1967, when the University of Pennsylvania
Law Review published his article Unconscionability and the
Code-The Emperor's New Clause.' The author's erudition was awesome;
his legal analysis was formidably sophisticated; his style was graceful,
witty, and irreverent. As the title itself suggested, he was out to upset
applecarts, gore some respectable oxen, tilt gaily at one of the legal establishment's most admired windmills. It seemed incredible but was true that the article represented the scholarly debut of a young man who was identified by the editors of the Law Review as "Assistant Professor of Law,
Washington University Law School." It was entirely clear that the ranks
of Assistant Professors of Law in American Law Schools were about to be
depleted by one.

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