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The Benjamin N. Cardozo Lectures

“The memory of Benjamin N. Cardozo’s life, it is hoped, may be revered and forever shared by the members of this Association and of our profession generally, who may reap from it ‘something far more precious than pride in his accomplishment and the suggestion of claiming him as our own, namely, that spiritual harvest which comes from the example of an unblemished character,’ a rare character that radiated goodness, that was inspired by a love for the law, a passion for justice and a sympathy for humanity.” (From the report of the Committee on Post-Admission Legal Education of The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, March 15, l940.)

2009
Hon. Margaret H. Marshall
"At the Tipping Point: State Courts and the Balance of Power"

2007
Hon. Jack B. Weinstein
“The Role of Judges in a Government of, for, and by the People”

2006
Sheila Birnbaum
“Punitive Damages & Due Process: How Much is Too Much?”

2005
Lee C. Bollinger
“Academic Freedom”

2003
Albert M. Rosenblatt
"The Law's Evolution: Long Night's Journey Into Day"

2002
Justice P.N. Bhagwati
"Human Rights in the Age of Terrorism"

2001
Eric Holder
“The Importance of Diversity in the Legal Profession”

2000
Anthony Lewis
“Why the Courts?”

1999
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
“Affirmative Action: An International Human Rights Dialogue”

1997
Abner Mikva
“The Judges v. the People: Judicial Independence and Democratic Ideals”

1996
Guido Calabresi
“Liberty or Equality? Some Thoughts on Constitutional Theory”

1996
Kathleen M. Sullivan
“Constitutional Constancy: Why Congress Should Cure Itself of Amendment Fever”

1994
Joseph W. Bellacosa
“Benjamin Nathan Cardozo, The Teacher”

1992
Marian Wright Edelman
“Leave No Child Behind”

1992
A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr.
“To Be Guided By An Unseen Star: What Martin Luther King Would Say If He Could Speak To Us Today”

1991
Frederick A.O. Schwarz, Jr.
“The Constitution Outside the Courts”

1989
Laurence H. Tribe
“Law’s Geometry and the Curvature of Constitutional Space”

1987
William J. Brennan, Jr.
“Reason, Passion, and the Progress of Law”

1987
Judith S. Kaye
“Dual Constitutionalism in Practice and Principle”

1985
Geoffrey C. Hazard, Jr.
“Principles in Legislation”

1984
Jon O. Newman
“Rethinking Fairness: Perspectives on the Litigation Process”

1983 Norval Morris
“‘Dangerousness’ in the Judicial Process”

1982 Derek C. Bok
“Law and Its Discontents: A Critical Look at Our Legal System”

1981
Harry H. Wellington
“The Nature of Judicial Review”

1979
Hugh R. Jones
“Cogitations on Appellate Decision-Making”

1978
Irving R. Kaufman

1977
Myres S. McDougal
“The Application of Constitutive Prescriptions: An Addendum to Justice Cardozo”

1976
Herbert Brownell
“The Forgotten Victims of Crime”

1974
Marvin Frankel
“The Search for Truth—An Umpireal View”

1973
Jack Greenberg
“Litigation for Social Change—Methods, Limits and Role in Democracy”

1972
Erwin N. Griswold
“The Judicial Process”

1971
Shirley M. Hufstedler
“The Directions and Misdirections of a Constitutional Right of Privacy”

1970
Earl Warren
“All Men Are Created Equal”

1970
Edward H. Levi
“The Crisis in the Nature of Law”

1968
Whitney North Seymour
“The Obligation of the Lawyer to His Profession”

1967
Walter V. Schaefer
“The Control of ‘Sunbursts’ Techniques of Prospective Overruling”

1966
Roger J. Traynor
“The Devils of Due Process in Criminal Detection, Detention and Trial”

1965
Charles D. Breitel
“The Lawmakers”

1964
Henry J. Friendly
“In Praise of Erie—and of the New Federal Common Law”

1962
Huntington Cairns
“Law and Its Premises”

1960
Bernard Botein
“The Future of the Judicial Process: Challenge and Response”

1958
John M. Harlan
“Manning the Dikes”

1958
The Right Honorable Brown Shawcross
“The Functions and Responsibilities of an Advocate”

1957
Jefferson B. Fordham
“The Legal Profession and American Constitutionalism”

1956
Harold R. Medina
“For Whom the Bell Tolls”

1955
Harrison Tweed
“The Changing Practice of Law”

1954
David W. Peck
“The Complement of Court and Counsel”

1953
John J. Parker
“The American Constitution and World Order Based on Law”

1952
Charles E. Wyzanski, Jr.
“A Trial Judge’s Freedom and Responsibility”

1951
Edmund H. Lewis
“The Contribution of Judge Irving Lehman to the Development of the Law”

1950
Herbert F. Goodrich
“Yielding Place to New” (Rest versus Motion in the Conflict of Laws)

1949
William O. Douglas
“Stare Decisis”

1948
Arthur L. Goodhart
“English Contributions to the Philosophy of Law”

1947
Felix Frankfurter
“Some Reflections on the Reading of Statutes”

1945
Charles E. Clark
“State Law in the Federal Courts”

1944
Robert H. Jackson
“Full Faith & Credit—The Lawyer’s Clause of the Constitution”

1943
Bernard L. Shientag
“The Personality of the Judge”

1942
Lon L. Fuller
“Reason and Fiat in Case Law”

1941
Irving Lehman
“The Influence of Judge Cardozo on the Common Law”

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