Localist Statutory Interpretation
Ethan J. Leib
Fordham University School of Law
October 10, 2012
161 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 897 (2013)
Fordham Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2159704
This paper argues for more attention to citizens’ point of contact with our legal system within local courts – and makes an effort to conceptualize local judges as parts of local governments. Once the paper highlights the role of local courts within the constellation of local government, it offers an argument for why certain forms of "localist judging" are appropriate postures for local judges to take when confronted with hard cases of statutory interpretation. The paper explores the virtues of a type of "intrastate judicial federalism."
Number of Pages in PDF File: 41
Keywords: localism, statutory interpretation, local courts, federalism
Date posted: October 11, 2012 ; Last revised: March 22, 2013
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