The best piece of advice I received when I began teaching law was to adopt Charlie Sullivan's and Mike Zimmer's casebook for my Employment Discrimination class. Before I became a law professor, I had no clue how important choosing the right textbook is, not only for the students but for the teacher. I also was unaware of how much I had to learn about a subject I thought I knew well. I had been litigating employment discrimination cases for several years, but when I began teaching, I quickly learned how much I did not know. Charlie's and Mike's casebook, through its organizational structure, its case selection and, importantly, its thoughtful and probing notes, gave me a deeper understanding of my field. As did their scholarship.2

I first met Charlie at the AALS annual meeting my first year in law teaching. I got up the nerve to introduce myself (I was, and still am, a bit star-struck by Charlie), and was gratefully surprised by how kind and approachable he was. He talked with me about my work in progress and made me feel like I belonged in this profession. Later at the conference, he introduced me to Mike, and the three of us ended up sharing a taxi to the airport. Best cab ride ever.