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The Nature of the Judicial Process

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The legendary book by Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo explaining, in detail and with his famous style, how judges make decisions. Featuring a modern explanatory Foreword by Andrew L. Kaufman, law professor at Harvard and Cardozo's premier biographer, the Quid Pro Books edition is presented in a contemporary and legible format, with careful formatting, readable font, true footnotes, and photographs. As part of the Legal Legends Series, the correct page numbers are embedded so that passages can be accurately cited or found from the 1921 edition. No other current version of this important work uses correct pages or presents it in an updated and accurate form; no other contains an explanatory and historical introduction. Judges don't discover the law, they create it. Cardozo (1870-1938) offered the world a candid and self-conscious study of how judges decide law--they are law-makers and not just law-appliers, he knew--drawn from his insights on the bench, in a way that no judge had before. Asked "What is it that I do when I decide a case? To what sources of information do I appeal for guidance?," Cardozo answered in timeless prose. This book is still read today by lawyers and judges, law students and scholars, historians and political scientists, and philosophers--anyone interested in how judges really think and the many decisional tools they employ. Already famous at the time for his trenchant and fluid opinions as a Justice on New York's highest court (he is still studied on questions of torts, contracts, and business law), and later a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Cardozo filled the lecture hall at Yale when he finally answered the frank query into what judges do and how they do it. The lectures became a landmark book and a source for all other studies of the ways of a judge.

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