When 35-Year-Olds Write Legal Memos:
Over at Slate, Yale Law professor Bruce Ackerman comments on the poor quality of John Yoo's memos for OLC:
While John Yoo did most of the staff work for [OLC Head Jay] Bybee, Yoo was barely 35 years old—and his memos showed it. They not only took extreme positions; they were legally incompetent, failing to consider many of the most obvious counterarguments.Am I right that Ackerman is suggesting that someone who is "barely 35 years old" is showing his age when he writes memos that are "legally incompetent"? If so, does anyone know when legal abilities peak? I'm 37, so maybe there's hope for me after all.