Paul Horwitz at Prawfsblawg recently posted a review of Laura Kalman's recent book, Yale Law School and the Sixties: Revolt and Reverberations (UNC Press 2005); he also links to other reviews by Al Brophy and Orin Kerr.
Kalman, who is a historian at UC Santa Barbara (and attended one year of law school before heading off to graduate school), is one of the leading commentators on legal realism and liberalism within the legal academy. I recently finished Kalman's first book, Legal Realism at Yale, 1927-1960 (UNC Press 1986), which was fascinating. As I have noted before, I think the history of legal realism is highly germane to the success (or failure) of empirical legal studies ... I'll elaborate on that topic in a future post. Moreover, because Yale educates a disproportionate number of law professors, understanding that institution's history provides a useful context to understand the vagaries of modern legal academia.
Anyway, Paul has given a nice introduction to the second Kalman book on Yale; I hope to read that volume in the coming weeks.