Ten years ago one of us wrote a law review article, "The Imperial Scholar: Reflections on a Review of Civil Rights Literature," 1 that became one of the more controversial pieces of its era. It has been cited innumerable times, as often without approval as with. Even as sympathetic a coreligionist as Derrick Bell describes it as "an intellectual hand grenade, tossed over the wall of the establishment as a form of academic protest." 2