Download this Paper Open PDF in Browser

Micro-Symposium on Orin Kerr's 'A Theory of Law'

Green Bag 2d, Vol. 16, No. 2, 2013, pp. 213-226

Journal of Law: A Periodical Laboratory of Legal Scholarship, Vol. 2, No. 3, 2012, pp. 487-502

George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 13-05

San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 13-105

31 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2013 Last revised: 22 Sep 2013

Laura I Appleman

Willamette University College of Law

Shawn Bayern

Florida State University - College of Law

Adam D. Chandler

Yale University - Law School

Robert D. Cheren

Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Miriam A. Cherry

Saint Louis University - School of Law

Ross E. Davies

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty; The Green Bag

Lee Anne Fennell

University of Chicago - Law School

Paul A. Gowder Jr.

University of Iowa - College of Law

Caitlin Hartsell

Washington University in St. Louis

Kieran Healy

Duke University

Robert A. James

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Jeffrey H. Kahn

Florida State University - College of Law

Orin S. Kerr

The George Washington University Law School

Jacob T. Levy

McGill University - Department of Political Science

Jeffrey M. Lipshaw

Suffolk University Law School

Orly Lobel

University of San Diego School of Law

Geoffrey A. Manne

International Center for Law & Economics (ICLE)

Chad M. Oldfather

Marquette University - Law School

Ronak Patel

Independent

Jeffrey A. Pojanowski

Notre Dame Law School

Alexandra J. Roberts

University of New Hampshire School of Law

Kent Scheidegger

Criminal Justice Legal Foundation

Arthur Stock

Berger & Montague, P .C.

Anders Walker

Saint Louis University - School of Law

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

For more than a century, careful readers of the Green Bag have known that “[t]here is nothing sacred in a theory of law...which has outlived its usefulness or which was radically wrong from the beginning...The question is What is the law and what is the true public policy?” Professor Orin Kerr bravely, creatively, and eloquently answered that question in his article, “A Theory of Law,” in the Autumn 2012 issue of the Green Bag. Uniquely among all theories of law that I know of, Kerr’s answer to the fundamental question of law and true public policy enables all scholars to answer that same question in their own ways. The Green Bag is pleased to be featuring his “A Theory of Law” in its first micro-symposium, and just as pleased with the quality, quantity, and diversity of the responses to the call for papers. Blessed with an abundance of good work but cursed by a shortage of space, we were compelled to select a small set – representative and excellent – of those essays to publish in the Green Bag or its sibling publication, the Journal of Law. We regret that we cannot do full justice to the outpouring of first-rate legal-theoretical commentary we received.

Keywords: apps, authority, Case Western Reserve, cheap talk, citation, dialectic, doctrinal, editing, empirics, equilibrium, falsity, Felix Frankfurter, Folk Theorem, footnotes, fraud, Harvard, Lexis, narcissism, peer review, practice, recursion, second-best, solipsism, truth, Westlaw

JEL Classification: A20, C15, C80, C93, D01, D03, D23, D71, D72, D80, D81, D83, D87, K00, K2, K21, K23, K40

Suggested Citation

Appleman, Laura I and Bayern, Shawn and Chandler, Adam D. and Cheren, Robert D. and Cherry, Miriam A. and Davies, Ross E. and Fennell, Lee Anne and Gowder, Paul A. and Hartsell, Caitlin and Healy, Kieran and James, Robert A. and Kahn, Jeffrey H. and Kerr, Orin S. and Levy, Jacob T. and Lipshaw, Jeffrey M. and Lobel, Orly and Manne, Geoffrey A. and Oldfather, Chad M. and Patel, Ronak and Pojanowski, Jeffrey A. and Roberts, Alexandra J. and Scheidegger, Kent and Stock, Arthur and Walker, Anders, Micro-Symposium on Orin Kerr's 'A Theory of Law' (2012). Green Bag 2d, Vol. 16, No. 2, 2013, pp. 213-226; Journal of Law: A Periodical Laboratory of Legal Scholarship, Vol. 2, No. 3, 2012, pp. 487-502; George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 13-05; San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 13-105. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2202483

Laura I Appleman

Willamette University College of Law ( email )

245 Winter St. SE
Salem, OR 97301
United States
(503) 370-6651 (Phone)

Shawn J. Bayern

Florida State University - College of Law

425 W. Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32306
United States

Adam D. Chandler

Yale University - Law School ( email )

P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520-8215
United States

Robert D. Cheren

Case Western Reserve University School of Law ( email )

11075 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106-7148
United States

Miriam A. Cherry

Saint Louis University - School of Law ( email )

100 N. Tucker Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63101
United States
314-977-04537 (Phone)

Ross E. Davies (Contact Author)

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty ( email )

3301 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201
United States

The Green Bag ( email )

6600 Barnaby St., NW
Washington, DC 20015
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.greenbag.org

Lee Anne Fennell

University of Chicago - Law School ( email )

1111 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
United States
773-702-0603 (Phone)

Paul A. Gowder Jr.

University of Iowa - College of Law ( email )

Melrose and Byington
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States

HOME PAGE: http://paul-gowder.com

Caitlin Hartsell

Washington University in St. Louis ( email )

One Brookings Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63130-4899
United States

Kieran Healy

Duke University ( email )

Durham, NC 27708
United States

Robert A. James

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP ( email )

Four Embarcadero Center, 22nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.pillsburylaw.com/rob-james

Jeffrey H. Kahn

Florida State University - College of Law ( email )

425 W. Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32306
United States
850.644.7474 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.law.fsu.edu/faculty/jkahn.html

Orin S. Kerr

The George Washington University Law School ( email )

2000 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20052
United States
202-994-4775 (Phone)
202-994-9817 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.law.gwu.edu/orin-s-kerr

Jacob T. Levy

McGill University - Department of Political Science ( email )

Montreal, Quebec H3A 1G5
Canada

Jeffrey M. Lipshaw

Suffolk University Law School ( email )

120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108-4977
United States

HOME PAGE: http://ssrn.com/author=381790

Orly Lobel

University of San Diego School of Law ( email )

5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
United States

HOME PAGE: http://home.sandiego.edu/%7Elobel/

Geoffrey A. Manne

International Center for Law & Economics (ICLE) ( email )

3333 NE Sandy Blvd
Suite 207
Portland, OR Oregon 97232
United States
503-770-0076 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.laweconcenter.org

Chad M. Oldfather

Marquette University - Law School ( email )

Eckstein Hall
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201
United States
414.288.8031 (Phone)

Ronak Patel

Independent ( email )

Jeffrey A. Pojanowski

Notre Dame Law School ( email )

P.O. Box 780
Notre Dame, IN 46556-0780
United States

Alexandra Jane Roberts

University of New Hampshire School of Law ( email )

2 White Street
Concord, NH 03301
United States

Kent Scheidegger

Criminal Justice Legal Foundation ( email )

2131 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www. cjlf.org

Arthur Stock

Berger & Montague, P .C. ( email )

1622 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
United States

Anders Walker

Saint Louis University - School of Law ( email )

100 N. Tucker Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63101
United States

Paper statistics

Downloads
1,397
Rank
10,275
Abstract Views
6,535