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Reflections on Judging av Richard A. Posner
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Reflections on Judging (utgåvan 2013)

av Richard A. Posner

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In Reflections on Judging, Richard Posner distills the experience of his thirty-one years as a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Surveying how the judiciary has changed since his 1981 appointment, he engages the issues at stake today, suggesting how lawyers should argue cases and judges decide them, how trials can be improved, and, most urgently, how to cope with the dizzying pace of technological advance that makes litigation ever more challenging to judges and lawyers. For Posner, legal formalism presents one of the main obstacles to tackling these problems. Formalist judges--most notably Justice Antonin Scalia--needlessly complicate the legal process by advocating "canons of constructions" (principles for interpreting statutes and the Constitution) that are confusing and self-contradictory. Posner calls instead for a renewed commitment to legal realism, whereby a good judge gathers facts, carefully considers context, and comes to a sensible conclusion that avoids inflicting collateral damage on other areas of the law. This, Posner believes, was the approach of the jurists he most admires and seeks to emulate: Oliver Wendell Holmes, Louis Brandeis, Benjamin Cardozo, Learned Hand, Robert Jackson, and Henry Friendly, and it is an approach that can best resolve our twenty-first-century legal disputes.… (mer)
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Titel:Reflections on Judging
Författare:Richard A. Posner
Info:Harvard University Press (2013), Hardcover, 400 pages
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A somewhat technical book. Part memoir, tips and general observations on judging. Not for everyone. Despite having an interest in the law, I found some parts of the book are a bit dry and get technical. I enjoyed the book generally.

In particular, I found his sections criticizing both Amar and Scalia very interesting. I like Posner's digs at both the Invisible Constitution and Unwritten Constitution, two books I found less than satisfying. I find great appeal in Posner's urging to turn away from formalist thought (that kind that generalizes and seeks abstract principles) towards realist thought, which amongst other things tries to root itself in empirical data and evidence. It was interesting to see Posner describe judicial restraint, from its intellectual foundation from Trayer to the various judges that practiced their variations. I have yet to actually work on the blue book, but I enjoy Posner's critique of it, which demonstrates his economic thinking both in his cases and towards the practice of law in general. I also thought his observations on judges, (the increase of clerk written opinions, and the increasingly abstract bent of the legal academy) insightful, if unrelatable at the moment. It's definitely a practical book, pointing to tips on managing clerks, instructing juries and writing simple opinions.

If anything the book has inspired me to follow its author more closely. It's generally insightful, controversial and interesting (Posner has interesting opinions on topics as wide as patents for software to semantics to the use of google maps in litigation, and he seems to calls it as it is). My only complaint is that the topics are so wide that it's hard to see the common thread behind the topics. The general theme is that the external world is becoming more complicated, and the judicial system needs to address that head on, not generate internal complexity (through formalism) to escape it. I'll probably reread this book later on when I engage in the profession more. Maybe it's a catcher in the rye sort of book for law students!
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In Reflections on Judging, Richard Posner distills the experience of his thirty-one years as a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Surveying how the judiciary has changed since his 1981 appointment, he engages the issues at stake today, suggesting how lawyers should argue cases and judges decide them, how trials can be improved, and, most urgently, how to cope with the dizzying pace of technological advance that makes litigation ever more challenging to judges and lawyers. For Posner, legal formalism presents one of the main obstacles to tackling these problems. Formalist judges--most notably Justice Antonin Scalia--needlessly complicate the legal process by advocating "canons of constructions" (principles for interpreting statutes and the Constitution) that are confusing and self-contradictory. Posner calls instead for a renewed commitment to legal realism, whereby a good judge gathers facts, carefully considers context, and comes to a sensible conclusion that avoids inflicting collateral damage on other areas of the law. This, Posner believes, was the approach of the jurists he most admires and seeks to emulate: Oliver Wendell Holmes, Louis Brandeis, Benjamin Cardozo, Learned Hand, Robert Jackson, and Henry Friendly, and it is an approach that can best resolve our twenty-first-century legal disputes.

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