His quote is part of an article he wrote in response to David Segal's piece in the New York Times, "What They Don’t Teach Law Students: Lawyering." In it, Professor Felman argues that law professors play a momentous role in policy-making, especially when you look at just how many high-level positions are staffed by former law professors. He also slips in a few quips about FDR and the Supreme Court, in homage to his recent book.
I think the dislike, though, is a result of law professors being too much in the world. You see, law professors -- and I should disclose here that I am one -- very nearly run the world, or at least certain parts of the U.S. government. When you include Justice Anthony Kennedy, who taught nights, they make up the majority of the Supreme Court.He also slips into the article a few quips about the late Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter in the New Deal era as he progresses through a historical summary of law professors in government:
Ever since Felix Frankfurter sent his “happy hot dogs” to write New Deal legislation and staff FDR’s new agencies, law professors have been trying to affect the way government works...If you'd like to read more, head over to Above the Law: http://abovethelaw.com/2011/11/quote-of-the-day-law-professors-rule-literally/
The rest of Noah Feldman's article is here: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-11-27/for-better-government-don-t-kill-all-the-lawyers-noah-feldman.html