Cardozo

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Harvard University Press, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 731 pages
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Benjamin Nathan Cardozo, unarguably one of the most outstanding judges of the twentieth century, is a man whose name remains prominent and whose contributions to the law remain relevant. This first complete biography of the longtime member and chief judge of the New York Court of Appeals and Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States during the turbulent years of the New Deal is a monumental achievement by a distinguished interpreter of constitutional law.

Cardozo was a progressive judge who understood and defended the proposition that judge-made law must be adapted to modern conditions. He also preached and practiced the doctrine that respect for precedent, history, and all branches of government limited what a judge could and should do. Thus, he did not modernize law at every opportunity.

In this book, Kaufman interweaves the personal and professional lives of this remarkable man to yield a multidimensional whole. Cardozo's family ties to the Jewish community were a particularly significant factor in shaping his life, as was his father's scandalous career--and ultimate disgrace--as a lawyer and judge. Kaufman concentrates, however, on Cardozo's own distinguished career, including twenty-three years in private practice as a tough-minded and skillful lawyer and his classic lectures and writings on the judicial process. From this biography emerges an estimable figure holding to concepts of duty and responsibility, but a person not without frailties and prejudice.

  

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Benjamin Cardozo was an influential judge first on New York's highest court, and then as a justice of the US Supreme Court during the New Deal. I enjoyed the biographical segments of this book, but ... Read full review

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Solid biography. Entertaining considering it is about a Judge. Half of the volume covers the legal opinions of Cardorzo in clear and accessible language. Provides a fair and accurate picture of an ... Read full review

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Contents

The Sephardim and Tammany Hall
3
Young Cardozo
21
Columbia Law School
40
18911914
53
New York Supreme Court
117
The Job of a Judge
130
19141932
133
Private Life and Private Views
146
Constitutional and International Law
361
Criminal Law
391
Property Corporations the Legal Profession and Legislative Policy
416
A Puzzle Candor and Style
436
19321938
455
Life in Washington
472
State Regulatory Power and the Constitution
491
National Regulatory Power and the Constitution
508

The Nature of the Judicial Process
199
Equity Individual Justice and the Punctilio of Honor
223
Duty to Strangers
243
MacPherson v Buick
265
Palsgraf
286
Contracts and Promises
313
Moral Obligation and Damages
338
Civil Liberties Race and Other Supreme Court Issues
534
Legacy
566
Notes
581
Index of Cases
704
General Index
713
Copyright

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About the author (1998)

Andrew L. Kaufman is Charles Stebbins Fairchild Professor of Law, Harvard Law School.

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