He helped us with the critical literature on Shakespeare. And because we were enjoying it so much, we decided it was a good time to have a conference. The law literature side of our law school had become more prominent. And so we just thought it was a good time to make it more prominent still. So in consultation with Strier, we invited a bunch of scholars for literature and from law, and the Shakespeare conference was very suc
cessful. And we’re
planning to publish a book as a result; Strier and I are working on the editing of it. And student papers were involved in that too.
Actually, that wasn’t the first time that we’ve had student papers at a
conference. The first time we had student papers was a conference on speech, privacy, and the Internet, that I also co-organized, where those papers are coming out as a book with Harvard University Press now. And two of the student papers are actually in the book. So they were really first-rate. The result of that was that we decided that that was a really good feature of a conference, to give the students an opportunity to do scholarship and to have experience presenting their work in front of other people, and so we included that in the Shakespeare conference and then in this one. The theatrical component, well, I decided that we needed some way to get law
students to come who weren’t part of this small group that were already
studying law and literature. And since our keynote speaker was Justice Breyer from the Supreme Court, that was certainly going get them to come to that panel. But I thought that they would get more involved still if there was a theatrical component. And it happened that Justice Breyer had named three plays that he wanted to talk about in the keynote panel. They were
Measure for Measure
As You Like It
. And so I thought well, a very good way of getting the audience ready for that discussion is to perform one scene from each of these three plays. Now it happens that Posner is a very keen actor, and he and I had done play readings often. I mean, whenever we held one of these Greenberg seminars, we always had a last meeting that was a play reading.
So it wasn’t hard to take the next step and a
ctually do scenes that were fully staged. And of course, then the thing that I had to do was to get more faculty members involved and get them to be willing to memorize their parts. But Posner played two parts. He played Jacques in the
As You Like it
scene, and he played Polonius in the
scene. And Justice Breyer was a very good sport: he played the ghost in the closet scene from
where the ghost makes just a brief appearance. But he was very nice. And he did his job with great good will. And you can certainly see photographs from that, you can just look on our Web site, or I could send them to you, anyway, the whole video of those