Journal of Law and Religion, Vol. 6, No. 2 (1988), pp. 279-295


SCENE ONE: Mr. Allen enters first, carrying a sheaf of photocopied papers, and sits behind the desk. Next enter Mr. [Richard] Posner, Mr. [Blaise] Pascal, Mr. [Oliver Wendell] Holmes, and Mr. [Mark] Kelman all carrying similar papers. Holmes and Posner take seats to Allen's right; Kelman and Pascal seat themselves to Allen's left.

MR. ALLEN: Gentlemen, I would like to thank you for coming. I know that Mr. Pascal has had an especially difficult trip. I myself just flew in from the coast, and boy are my arms tired (polite chuckles from Posner and Kelman).

As you know, we are gathered here to consider several propositions regarding the common law, although I suspect we may at times expand the scope of our discussion to confront some broader issues of so-called "natural law."