Book Talk: Making the Case: The Art of Judicial Opinion by Paul Kahn

October 10, 2016

Please join Paul Kahn for a discussion of his book, Making the Case: The Art of  the Judicial Opinion,on Monday October 17, 2016, at 6:10- 7:00 PM, SLB 129.

Writing in the tradition of Karl Llewellyn’s classic The Bramble Bush, Paul Kahn speaks in this book to students and scholars simultaneously. Drawing on thirty years of teaching experience, Kahn introduces students to the deep, narrative structure of the judicial opinion. Learning to read the opinion, the student learns the nature of legal argument. Thus Kahn’s exposition of the opinion simultaneously offers a theory of legal meaning that will be of great interest to scholars of law, humanities, and the social sciences. At the center of Kahn’s approach are ideas of narrative, persuasion, and self-government. His sweeping account of interpretation in law offers innovative views of the nature of authorship, the development and decline of doctrine, and the construction of facts.

Paul W. Kahn is Robert W. Winner Professor of Law and the Humanities and director of Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School. He is the author of many books, including, most recently, Finding Ourselves at the Movies and Political Theology.

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