All Judges Are Political-Except When They Are Not: A Response

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The author explains the origins of All Judges Are Political-Except When They Are Not: Acceptable Hypocrisies and the Rule of Law (2010) as a response to a fundamental question posed by legal realism: How can the judicial process be permeated with politics and yet remain an accepted part of a legitimate legal system? The author demonstrates the ongoing importance of this question by examining debates over the place of constitutional law in the law school curriculum and by assessing public perceptions of the Supreme Court's ruling on health care reform. The author then addresses the critical appraisals presented by the symposium contributors. The critiques are taken as road maps for extending the author's arguments in new directions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)215-221
Number of pages7
JournalLaw and Social Inquiry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2013


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law
  • Social Sciences(all)

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