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Overcoming Law

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Legal theory must become more factual and empirical and less conceptual and polemical, Richard Posner argues in this wide-ranging new book. The topics covered include the structure and behavior of the legal profession; constitutional theory; gender, sex, and race theories; interdisciplinary approaches to law; the nature of legal reasoning; and legal pragmatism. Posner anal ...more
Paperback, 607 pages
Published October 1st 1996 by Harvard University Press (first published 1995)
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A little known fact is that federal judges are limited in the extra-judicial income they're permitted to earn. Earnings from lecturing and speaking are limited, as are earnings from trafficking narcotics and identity theft.

With such commonplace avenues of remuneration foreclosed, federal judges who find themselves in need of additional cash must resign themselves to writing books. And as any student of judicial decision-writing knows, America's judges are masters of plagiarism. Indeed, in law p
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Richard Posner is Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School.

Following his graduation from Harvard Law School, Judge Posner clerked for Justice William J. Brennan Jr. From 1963 to 1965, he was assistant to Commissioner Philip Elman of the Federal Trade Commission. For the next two years he was assistant to the solicitor general of the United States. Prior to going to Stanford
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