My favorite memory of a faculty member at SMU is working as a research assistant for Professor Joseph W. McKnight. It started as a way to earn a little extra money. It developed into an experience that forced me to apply critical thinking skills.
I can still remember going to the rare book room at the law library to see him. I spent a good portion of my third year working on several articles and a book for him. During that time he taught me how to read between the lines and analyze a situation for what was really happening. Many times this requires one to ignore what is being proposed as actually occurring.