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Fred Rodell (1907 – 1980) was an American law professor most famous for his critiques of the U.S. legal profession. A professor at Yale Law School for more than forty years, Rodell was described in 1980 as the "bad boy of American legal academia" (by Charles Alan Wright, "Goodbye to Fred Rodell," 89 Yale L.J. 1455, quoted in the Pitt Law School Web site). He was one of the leading proponents of the “legal realism” approach and railed against overly abstract and theoretical legal arguments. He was a harsh critic of the legal profession, which he described as a "high-class racket." In his 1936 Virginia Law Review article "Goodbye to Law Reviews" (quoted on a University of Denver Web site ), Rodell famously remarked, "There are two things wrong with almost all legal writing. One is its style. The other is its content."