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Learned HandThe Man and the Judge$
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Gerald Gunther

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195377774

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377774.001.0001

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from Wall Street Lawyer to Federal District Judge

from Wall Street Lawyer to Federal District Judge

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(p.85) 3. from Wall Street Lawyer to Federal District Judge
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Learned Hand
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Gerald Gunther

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377774.003.0003

This chapter traces the path of Learned Hand's career from lawyer to federal district judge. In mid-November 1902, Hand had begun his New York law practice at the Wall Street firm of Zabriskie, Burrill & Murray. In 1904, he moved to Gould & Wilkie. In 1909, after more than seven years of law practice in New York City, Hand had little to show for his efforts. In later years, he repeatedly told often incredulous listeners about this period which he considered an utter failure: “I was never any good as a lawyer,” he said once in a public confession, “I didn't have any success, any at all.” The bench seemed more appealing than ever. On April 30, 1909, Hand was sworn in and became United States district judge for the Southern District of New York.

Keywords:   career, lawyer, law firm, federal district judge, New York, Zabriskie

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