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Writing at the Master’s Table: Reflections on Theft, Criminality, and Otherness in the Legal Writing Profession


The alert came over the university email one Friday afternoon. There had been a rash of burglaries in the vicinity of the university where I was employed as a legal writing professor. The culprits? Two finely dressed thirty-something women, and a white male in his mid-fifties. These well-heeled bandits gained entrance into various buildings and offices through trickery and deceit. Asking for fictional persons, they were given access to offices where they stole valuables from unsuspecting occupants. Of particular interest to me was that one of the offenders was described as a nicely dressed Black woman in her early thirties. I was nicely dressed, though not yet thirty, a woman, and definitely Black. I was a suspect.