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Pierson v. Post : the hunt for the fox : law and professionalization in American legal culture

Title
Pierson v. Post : the hunt for the fox : law and professionalization in American legal culture / Angela Fernandez, University of Toronto.
ISBN
9781139600163 (ebook)
9781107039285 (hardback)
Physical Description
1 online resource (xvi, 377 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).
Notes
Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 24 Sep 2018).
Summary
The 1805 New York foxhunting case Pierson v. Post has long been used in American property law classrooms to introduce law students to the concept of first possession by asking how one establishes possession of a wild animal. In this book, Professor Angela Fernandez retells the history of the famous fox case, from its origins as a squabble between two wealthy young men on the South Fork of Long Island through its appeal to the New York Supreme Court and entry into legal treatises, law school casebooks, and law journal articles, where it still occupies a central place. Professor Fernandez argues that the dissent is best understood as an example of legal solemn foolery. Yet it has been treated by legal professionals, the lawyers of its day, and subsequent legal academics in such a serious way, demonstrating how the solemn and the silly can occupy two sides of the same coin in American legal history.
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Format
Books / Online
Language
English
Added to Catalog
August 21, 2019
Series
Cambridge historical studies in American law and society.
Cambridge historical studies in American law and society.
Contents
Machine generated contents note: Introduction; Part I. The Literary History of Pierson: 1. Solemn foolery; 2. Rabelaisian play; Part II. The Social History of Pierson: 3. Local justice; 4. Lawyerization; 5. The legal fictions needed for a state of nature debate; Part III. The Intellectual History of Pierson: 6. The reporter; 7. Mandarization; Conclusion.
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