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About Matthew Reid Krell

Matthew Reid Krell is an attorney, a graduate student, and, like Socrates, a midwife of ideas. Also like Socrates, he will probably end up condemned to death for setting himself up as a false god. Coming up with a series of one-liners about himself - and remembering to render them in third person - is more difficult than it looks. While courts fascinate Reid, he's really more of a dilettante, with interests that wander all over the map. In his spare time (ha!), he...you know, I don't know what I would do with spare time anymore. I guess the answer to that now is "write for the Cocklebur." Crap, I lost my third person. I mean, "he doesn't know..." I give up. Hi. I'm Reid. My research is in the intersection of rational-choice and critical theories in judicial politics. I can hear Ilya Somin snickering at that even now. At the Cocklebur, my job, I have been told, is to "spew venom and sarcasm." I live to serve. My degrees are from The George Washington University (B.A. '04) and the University of Alabama (J.D. '09). My publications have appeared in The Journal of the Legal Profession, The George Mason University Civil Rights Law Journal, and...uh, well, that's it so far. My primary goal out of blogging for the Cocklebur is to finally get a nemesis. I think I've got a great opportunity.
18 May, 2011

We Will Have to Suffer Now ‘Cause You Had It All

2011-05-18T00:56:11+00:00May 18th, 2011|

So, when does a patient become involuntary? This isn’t an idle question; there’s an awful lot of government-run health care facilities, and the question of voluntary vs. involuntary patients is pretty important. I just finished a brief to the 8th Circuit on this question. First, in DeShaney v. Winnebago County Department of [...]

14 Apr, 2011

Newest CockleBur Blogger–Matthew Reid Krell

2019-03-18T18:48:03+00:00April 14th, 2011|Tags: |

I met Reid last fall while visiting Arkansas State University. I watched him teach undergrad students on how to analyze legal issues and write better legal briefs. He was phenomenal with those students. I also met Reid’s alter ego. This is a guy who is analytical, sarcastic and sometime biting, but in a good way—the [...]