Terry Sandalow: Mind and Man

My first encounter with Terry Sandalow occurred in a classroom at the University of Chicago in the fall of 1956. I had just joined that faculty, and Terry, a third-year student, was a member of my class in constitutional law. Early in the course I called on Terry to state the case that was the subject of the morning’s discussion. He replied that he had not been able to read the assignment prior to class. The response did not come as a complete surprise since I was dimly aware that he was a member of the law review staff and very much aware of the malformation of law review culture that dictates a loss of face of any acolyte who reveals that he or she has had time to read a class assignment. The discussion had proceeded for a few minutes without Terry’s participation when I observed his hand in the air. Perhaps it was curiosity that led me to admit him to the conversation despite his defalcation. If so, it was well rewarded. Terry made a cogent observation on one of the issues of the case, and from that time became deeply involved in all that was said. By the end of the session he was the leading participant.