The True Legal Philosopher

“I believe the true legal philosopher tends to simplicity. He uses his technical knowledge to clear away the obstructions to the fresh look. He employs his sophistication to recapture his naive sense of values… We weigh right and wrong, not by erudite legal processes, but by simple moral precepts… Precedents, no matter how hoary, and rules of law, no matter how firmly established, will yield before them.”

— Louis Nizer, My Life in Court, (Pyramid Books, May 1963) pp. 606-7

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