Covered Bridges

27 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2010

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Aviam Soifer

University of Hawaii at Manoa - William S. Richardson School of Law

Date Written: December 1, 2005


Bob Cover defined integrity quite cryptically as "the act of maintaining the vision that it is only that which redeems which is law." Law, to be law, must be redemptive. And Cover felt and shared an obligation to focus that vision, to keep justice and righteousness in mind no matter what the formal legal rules might seem to say. Head, heart, and soul combine to share an obligation to pursue justice in each and every context. Or, as Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel put it, "The opposite of freedom is not determinism, but hardness of heart." And what is needed "is not only to respect justice in the sense of abstaining from doing injustice, but also to strive for it, to pursue it.". Like Heschel, Bob understood that "The law must not be idolized."

Suggested Citation

Soifer, Aviam, Covered Bridges (December 1, 2005). Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities, Vol. 17, No. 1, 2005. Available at SSRN:

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