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Finding Law, Stephen E. Sachs Jan 2019

Finding Law, Stephen E. Sachs

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That the judge's task is to find the law, not to make it, was once a commonplace of our legal culture. Today, decades after Erie, the idea of a common law discovered by judges is commonly dismissed -- as a "fallacy," an "illusion," a "brooding omnipresence in the sky." That dismissive view is wrong. Expecting judges to find unwritten law is no childish fiction of the benighted past, but a real and plausible option for a modern legal system.

This Essay seeks to restore the respectability of finding law, in part by responding to two criticisms made by Erie and ...


Suboptimal Social Science And Judicial Precedent, Ben Grunwald Jan 2013

Suboptimal Social Science And Judicial Precedent, Ben Grunwald

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