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Cardozo

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$26.50 • £20.95 • €24.00

ISBN 9780674001923

Publication: April 2000

Short

744 pages

6-3/8 x 9-1/4 inches

8 halftones, 1 table

World

Benjamin Nathan Cardozo, unarguably one of the most outstanding judges of the twentieth century, is a man whose name remains prominent and whose contributions to the law remain relevant. This first complete biography of the longtime member and chief judge of the New York Court of Appeals and Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States during the turbulent years of the New Deal is a monumental achievement by a distinguished interpreter of constitutional law.

Cardozo was a progressive judge who understood and defended the proposition that judge-made law must be adapted to modern conditions. He also preached and practiced the doctrine that respect for precedent, history, and all branches of government limited what a judge could and should do. Thus, he did not modernize law at every opportunity.

In this book, Andrew Kaufman interweaves the personal and professional lives of this remarkable man to yield a multidimensional whole. Cardozo’s family ties to the Jewish community were a particularly significant factor in shaping his life, as was his father’s scandalous career—and ultimate disgrace—as a lawyer and judge. Kaufman concentrates, however, on Cardozo’s own distinguished career, including twenty-three years in private practice as a tough-minded and skillful lawyer and his classic lectures and writings on the judicial process. From this biography emerges an estimable figure holding to concepts of duty and responsibility, but a person not without frailties and prejudice.

Awards

  • 1999 Scribes Book Award, American Society of Legal Writers
  • 1999 Erwin N. Griswold Prize, Supreme Court Historical Society
  • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 1998
  • 1998 Archives Week Award for Excellence in Research Using the Holdings of the State Archives, New York Board of Regents and the New York State Archives
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