Mark S. Weiner

If Your Law Were an Animal … or a Tool … or Music?

In Austria, Constitutional law, Conversations, Cross-cultural encounters & comparisons, Europe, Germany, Law and music, Netherlands, Romania, Video on July 30, 2013 at 3:58 pm

When I was in Europe last November, I asked a group of legal professionals some unusual questions. The results are in my new video.


  1. I’d say a highly-ornamented mallet. A tremendous amount of design on a tool that remains forceful and blunt. The wrong tool for the precise tasks it’s given–but the tool we have.


  2. Same kind of argument for the animal: a mole. Hard-working and industrious–but almost blind.


  3. A lot of the music I like is about the desire to be cast out, exiled, obliterated–think of the Velvet Underground or John Lennon solo.

    Law is just the opposite: it imposes order on the chaos of people’s lives and dealings. So, I’m thinking James Taylor. Capable of inspired passages, but basically a hack who tries to assure the listener that everything will be okay. As he wrote in one of his hits, “I fix broken hearts, I know that I truly can.”


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