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Friday, April 29, 2016

Is Mrs. Palsgraf upset with Yeshiva University over the name of its law school?

A fair question in light of this.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on April 29, 2016 at 05:43 PM in Howard Wasserman, Teaching Law | Permalink


There is really nothing fair about the question, for the obvious reasons anonandoff notes.

Posted by: anonprof | May 3, 2016 11:10:30 AM

Is this a sort of legal joke on proximate cause?

Posted by: Joe | May 2, 2016 12:02:17 PM

Not sure exactly what you implying here, Howard. Of course individual plaintiffs may be upset at a judge who authored an opinion with a ruling adverse to their case. However, as far as I know, Justice Cardozo never made public statements or wrote opinions that expressed prejudice against Germans in general, or women, or people who ride trains. Never called them "reprehensible" or compared them to those who engage in bestiality or child pornography, as Scalia did with the gay community. I can imagine that if Cardozo did those things, then yes, Mrs. Palsgraf, and probably her entire community (of Germans, women, train riders, etc.), and other Americans, would be upset over the name of the law school.

Posted by: anonandoff | May 1, 2016 3:04:38 PM

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