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Making the case : the art of the judicial opinion

Making the case : the art of the judicial opinion / Paul W. Kahn.
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2016]
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Writing in the tradition of Karl Llewellyn's classic The Bramble Bush, Paul Kahn speaks in this book simultaneously to students and scholars. Drawing on thirty years of teaching experience, Kahn introduces students to the deep, narrative structure of the judicial opinion. Learning to read the opinion, the student learns the nature of legal argument. Thus Kahn's exposition of the opinion simultaneously offers a theory of legal meaning that will be of great interest to scholars of law, humanities, and the social sciences. At the center of Kahn's approach are ideas of narrative, persuasion, and self-government. His sweeping account of interpretation in law offers innovative views of the nature of authorship, the development and decline of doctrine, and the construction of facts.
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Print version: Kahn, Paul W. Making the case. The art of the judicial opinion. New Haven : Yale University Press 2016
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
A preface for students, with a note to everyone else
Why read the opinions?
The opinion and narrative
Unity : the judicial voice
Legal doctrine : between erudition and fundamentalism
Facts : stating the case
Conclusion : making the case for a humanist study of the law.

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