Brainerd Currie was already a legend when he came to Duke from the University of Chicago. I was a third-year law student then and took his course in Conflicts in the spring of 1962—a dazzling intellectual display centered around the hard practicalities of complex litigation. But Currie was more than just a great teacher and scholar. Too busy to take a vacation ("How can you talk about taking a trip to Europe, McElhaney? I'm too busy to go to Europe, and you're going to be practicing. "), he had time to talk with us after class; to drink a cup of coffee or eat lunch with his students. He took a personal interest in my litigation career, typing a letter of recommendation on his old office machine to a famous trial lawyer for whom he thought I should work. He did it without being asked because he thought it would be more valuable than taking a new graduate course in Trial Advocacy. I was flattered and touched—I still am. Even though I teach Conflicts as well as Evidence. it seems more than appropriate to dedicate this article on the practicalities of litigation to his memory.
McElhaney, James W.
"Expert Witnesses and the Federal Rules of Evidence,"
Mercer Law Review: Vol. 28:
2, Article 9.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.law.mercer.edu/jour_mlr/vol28/iss2/9