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STCL Houston Professor One of 10 Law Professors Leading Virtual, National “Yada Yada Law School” based on “Seinfeld”

New South Texas College of Law Houston Professor Guha Krishnamurthi is among a handful of law professors in the nation leading the exciting new “Yada Yada Law School” — a free, online lecture series teaching law through the lens of the popular 90s sitcom.

Established by Seinfeld fan Gregory Shill, a professor at the University of Iowa College of Law, the Yada Yada Law School will teach core first-year courses, including constitutional law, property law, criminal and civil procedure, evidence law, securities fraud, and torts, among others.

Krishnamurthi — named the “Jacopo ‘J.’ Peterman Chair in Jurisprudence and Fashion Design” at the Yada Yada Law School — will teach “Seinfeld Criminal Law” on July 22.

“The idea is to provide some entertainment during quarantine, while offering some educational value,” Shill — also known as the virtual school’s “Art Vandelay Dean and Kenny Rogers Roasters Foundation Chair in Business Law — told Texas Lawyer this week. “It turns out there are a number of ‘Seinfeld’ obsessives among law faculty. We decided to take that problem and turn it into something of interest to multiple groups.”

Running for 10 weeks over the summer, this innovative legal “classroom” — created for law students, lawyers and non-lawyers, alike — is offered through Zoom each Wednesday and taught by experienced law professors from Harvard Law School, the University of Connecticut Law School, Brooklyn Law School, and the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law, among several others.

“Seinfeld is famously known as the show about nothing. But Seinfeld aficionados know that it’s a show about all of the minutiae of life. And it turns out that those minutiae can teach us a lot about the law and legal reasoning,” said Krishnamurthi. “Or maybe we all just wanted an excuse to watch some old episodes.”

While there is no charge to access Yada Yada Law School classes, Shill is asking participants to donate to the COVID-19 Legal Services of New York City.

To register for classes or learn more about this innovative and entertaining law school, please visit www.yadayadalawschool.com.