Cardozo: A Study in Reputation

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University of Chicago Press, Aug 15, 1993 - Biography & Autobiography - 156 pages
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What makes a great judge? How are reputations forged? Why do some reputations endure, while others crumble? And how can we know whether a reputation is fairly deserved? In this ambitious book, Richard Posner confronts these questions in the case of Benjamin Cardozo. The result is both a revealing portrait of one of the most influential legal minds of our century and a model for a new kind of study—a balanced, objective, critical assessment of a judicial career.

"The present compact and unflaggingly interesting volume . . . is a full-bodied scholarly biography. . . .It is illuminating in itself, and will serve as a significant contribution."—Paul A. Freund, New York Times Book Review

 

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In this revised and expanded version of his University of Michigan Cooley Lectures, Posner, a U.S. Court of Appeals judge, offers a full-length critical judicial study of Benjamin Cardozo (1870-1938 ... Read full review

Contents

The Life the Person the Reputation
19
Cardozos Judicial Technique
33
Reputation in General
58
Measures of Magnitude
80
Cardozos Judicial Contribution
92
A Summary with Comparisons
125
Vistas in Research
144
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Richard A. Posner is a judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and a senior lecturer in law at the University of Chicago Law School. His many books on the application of economics to law include Economic Analysis of Law, now in its fifth edition.

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