|Alma mater||University of Florida
|Known for||Being a Professor of Law|
He teaches contracts, legal ethics and Land Use and Zoning at the Cardozo School of Law and has written on asbestos litigation and tort reform. Brickman has espoused the Early Offer model of allocating contingent fees as a way of reforming the American tort law system.
One noted area in which his reform efforts have already been successful is that of nonrefundable retainers. After he wrote several law review articles and an amicus curiae brief deriding them as illegal, the New York Court of Appeals struck down their use by lawyers in New York State. This holding has been adopted in other states.
Brickman employs a very rigorous socratic method during class meetings, combining a fast-paced banter with students leavened along the way by his idiosyncratic phrases and original anecdotes, frequently using his catchphrases "make a legal noise" or "difference in degree or difference in kind". The overall effect is intended to scare students into closer reading of case texts (a la the character Professor Kingsfield in The Paper Chase).
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