The Path of the Lawyer

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Citation: Robert W. Gordon (1997) The Path of the Lawyer. Harvard Law Review (RSS)
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Discussion of Holmes's The Path of the Law, from sweeping away claims to be a moral science, to setting forth an instrumental view somewhere between "neutral predictor of the output of courts" and "policy analyst and utilitarian social engineer", to the Stoic heroism of facing and investigating to "catch...a hint of universal law." Concludes that Holmes is "strangely disappointing" as a guide to law as a vocation because his "ultimate ethic is one of isolated acts and heroic intellectual achievement" when "efforts both more collaborative and more engaged" are needed.