Obama and Law School
Whatever about Obama’s legislative record (and that is an argument for another day), the authors of this piece show that they know nothing about Law schools. They state:
Obama spent twelve years on the University of Chicago Law School faculty–singularly famous for its intellectual ferment and incubator of scholarship–and produced not even a single scholarly paper. He was President of Harvard Law Review, but wrote nothing himself.
As anyone who has spent time in academia knows, lecturers (particularly part-time ones in Law Schools) are not expected to publish any academic papers. See the current Chicago lecturers for example; most are practicing lawyers (tenure-track faculty are not and they are expected to publish). The same goes for the HLR President; the journal is a student-edited one (like all law reviews) and the president (who is usually a 2L student) is not expected (as far as I know) to publish in it. Neither of the positions would result in "a serious impact" as Katsman & Bardash claim.
Katsman has worked on several political campaigns, including Rudy Giuliani’s successful run for mayor and Bush’s 2004 re-election. He is involved with Republicans Abroad Israel (for which Bardash in co-Chairman), a group that has close ties with the RNC. They have written a whole series of anti-Obama pieces.
The JP post is really just a hatchet job by a pair of Republican operators. Whatever about Obama’s legislative record, this part of Katsman & Bardash’s argument is clearly wrong.