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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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The Second Circuit Court Of Appeals In the 1920S and 1930S: Hand as First Among Equals

The Second Circuit Court Of Appeals In the 1920S and 1930S: Hand as First Among Equals

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(p.237) 7. The Second Circuit Court Of Appeals In the 1920S and 1930S: Hand as First Among Equals
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Learned Hand
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Gerald Gunther

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377774.003.0007

This chapter focuses on Learned Hand's years as Second Circuit Court of Appeals judge and his relationships with fellow judges. The distinctive role Hand played on the Second Circuit during his first decades there emerges clearly in the many hundreds of pre-conference memoranda he preserved. Their most notable characteristic is the sheer joyful thoroughness with which he tackled each case. The court confronted a very wide range of subjects in a seemingly endless flow of cases, many of them of little apparent interest to anyone other than the litigants' lawyers. Yet whatever the subject—patents and copyrights, maritime law, bankruptcy, corporate and commercial law, citizenship and aliens' deportation, criminal law, problems of evidence and jurisdiction—Hand unflaggingly sought to get to the bottom of the facts and the law.

Keywords:   relationships, Second Circuit Court of Appeals, appellate court, circuit judge

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