The Hands Lecture: Adjudication in the Age of Disagreement

14 Pages Posted: 1 Apr 2018 Last revised: 7 Jun 2018

Date Written: October 26, 2016


What explains the praise for the mid-century Second Circuit? What made the tribunal strong? What role did judges play in our system of governance such that the Second Circuit’s particular virtues held such a distinctive place in the tradition of adjudication? The answer lies in the relationship between a central tradition of the Second Circuit and one of the great questions we face as a society today. That question is how to deal with disagreement.

Keywords: Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Adjudication, Disagreement, Legal History, Courts, Federal Courts

JEL Classification: K10, K30, K40

Suggested Citation

Witt, John Fabian, The Hands Lecture: Adjudication in the Age of Disagreement (October 26, 2016). Fordham Law Review, Vol. 86, No. 149, 2017; Yale Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 641. Available at SSRN:

John Fabian Witt (Contact Author)

Yale University - Law School ( email )

P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520-8215
United States
203-432-4944 (Phone)

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