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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Can Law Change Much of Anything?

This old question is nicely raised in different ways in a couple pieces worthy of your attention.

The first is close to home. Thanks to Brian Quiqley at the UT Law Library, I noticed that Orly Lobel's piece in the Harvard Law Review was just released. Here's the SSRN link and the snazzy pdf up on the HLR website. Orly's piece works in the crit theory vein of scholarship, taking a view that seems to suggest there is hope for the project of law, at least as compared to the alternatives... Congrats to Orly!

Also on its way out of the printers is a piece in the Connecticut Law Review by Tim Lytton, entitled Clergy Sexual Abuse Litigation: The Policymaking Role of Tort Law. By focusing on the ways that tort law can frame various issues for public consumption, with a specific examination of the clergy sex scandals, this article by Tim, is a response to those scholars (like Gerry Rosenberg) who have advanced skeptical views of the ways in which (tort law) courts can advance various policy objectives. There's a lot of interesting background and research in Tim's article, and it's not surprising that this piece is serving as the anchor of a book being published later this year by Harvard University Press.

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In the memorable words of William Graham Sumner: `Can lawways replace folkways?'

Posted by: Isaac | Feb 28, 2007 10:58:43 AM

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