In honor of my mentor and friend Jorge Luis Cordova

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My colleague and friend Jorge Cordova recently went to a better place. Jorge and I both taught law at the Pontifical Catholic University School of Law in Ponce, P.R. for many years. (Before UCF, I started my teaching career in Ponce, while Jorge finished his illustrious legal career there.) Most of the faculty in Ponce–with some notable exceptions–were legal formalists in spirit. But Jorge and I were both interested in the strategic dimensions of law–how laws and legal loopholes are manipulated by legal actors to get the results they want. (Perhaps this interest in legal realism was a function of our legal education: Jorge studied law at Harvard; I studied at Yale.) Moreover, Jorge generously and graciously read and commented on many of my works in progress, shared his law school exams with me, and confided his concerns about the law school administration with me on many occasions. During my tenure in Ponce, of which I have so many fond memories, I ended up spending countless hours in Jorge’s company in his law school office, which was right next door to mine. (We also shared many lunches together at our favorite local restaurant “La Casa del Chef.”) His office was a treasure trove of mementos designed to make you feel at home. I can still remember his big, blue reclining chair, the over-sized picture of his sailboat, and various odds and ends from his Washington, D.C. days. His door was always open–both literally as well as figuratively–unless he had some juicy gossip to share! Suffice it to say that Jorge was so much fun to talk to–always in good spirits and always ready with a good story to tell. In fact, I admired Jorge as an academic role model, and I made good use of his sound counsel on many occasions. I will always remember him …

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