"Thimblerigging, hanky-panky, and hugger-mugger": an unforgettable formula from Professor Cosway's class in creditors' rights. He used the formula to illustrate situations in which a court of equity or bankruptcy feels impelled to punish a miscreant somehow, regardless of the literal import of apparently applicable statutes. The same formula serves as a paradigm of Professor Cosway's teaching technique. It is not that he practices the enumerated vices (heaven forbid), but that his use of the formula exemplifies certain qualities that have made his teaching so effective and popular, both in the classroom and as teacher-at-large to the profession.
Daniel B. Ritter,
Richard Cosway as Teacher at Large,
61 Wash. L. Rev.
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