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The Bad Man and the Good Lawyer: A Centennial Essay on Holmes\u27s \u3ci\u3eThe Path of the Law\u3c/i\u3e

By David Luban


Although Justice Holmes did not much enjoy listening to speeches (he once wondered \u22what makes the world throng to hear loose-fibred and coarse-grained men drool\u22), he had a remarkable gift for writing them. Holmes\u27s 1920 Collected Legal Papers includes a dozen speeches and addresses, all delivered to student audiences or lawyers\u27 associations, and there are unexpected pleasures to be found in every one. He had published all but four in a previous book of speeches, where he described them as \u22chance utterances of faith and doubt.., for a few friends who will care to keep them.\u22\u27 Among the four he omitted from his compendium of speeches are his only surviving full length addresses, Law in Science and Science in Law and The Path of the Law. These, Mark Howe observes, \u22evidently seemed to Holmes to be something more significant than \u27chance utterances of faith and doubt.\u22\u2

Topics: Judges
Publisher: Scholarship @ GEORGETOWN LAW
Year: 1997
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