The Historical Significance of Judge Learned Hand: What Endures and Why?

50 Ariz. St. L.J. 855 (2018). Edward A. Purcell, Jr.

The 100th anniversary of Judge Learned Hand’s opinion in Masses Publishing Co. v. Patten invites us to look back on its author’s long career and to consider his contributions to American law and his significance in the nation’s history. Spanning more than fifty years from the presidency of William Howard Taft to the presidency of John F. Kennedy, Hand’s judicial career presents an exceptionally rich subject for such reflection.

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