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Evolution of the Judicial Opinion


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Introduction 1 The English Tradition and Its Evolution 2 The United States Founding: Creation of a Judicial Institution 3 Institutional Style in the 19th Century: U.S. Supreme Court 4 Institutional Style in the 19th Century: States 5 Contemporary United States Practice: Institutional Style 6 Contemporary United States Practice: Individual Style Postscript Appendices Notes Index About the Author

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William D. Popkin is Walter W. Foskett Professor Emeritus of Law at Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington. He is the author of Statutes in Court: The History and Theory of Statutory Interpretation.


"Evolution of the Judicial Opinion contains a wealth of historical information and empirically-based argument that provides the reader with a thorough discussion of how the contemporary approach to judicial opinion writing has developed. It will prove to be an indispensable reference" -Law and Politics book review"This work constitutes a perspicacious guide to recovering the vitality and importance of judicial opinions, and it offers recommendations forthe proper mission of judges within a changing legal culture... Recommended." --Choice "There is no better book for conveying the hidden literary value in the judicial opinion of our time." --Robert A. Ferguson, author of The Trial in American Life

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