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University of South Dakota School of Law

Monday, December 7, 2009

George Eliot on "Going to Law"

The notion of the honest lawyer seems to have been a stranger to the 19th-century English novel.  Here is how George Eliot describes the prospects of a law suit in The Mill on the Floss:

George_Eliot_3  Mr. Tulliver was a strictly honest man, and proud of being honest, but he considered that in law the ends of justice could only be achieved by employing a stronger knave to frustrate a weaker. Law was a sort of cock-fight, in which it was the business of injured honesty to get a game bird with the best pluck and the strongest spurs.

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"I hope and pray he won't go to law," said Mrs. Moss, "for there's never any knowing where that'll end. And the right doesn't allays win.  This Mr. Pivart's a rich man, by what I can make out, and the rich mostly get things their own way."

[Jeremy Telman]

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Weekly Top Ten

TOP 10 Papers for Journal of Contracts & Commercial Law

October 3, 2009 to December 2, 2009

Rank Downloads Paper Title
1 193 The Effect of the Consumer Financial Protection Agency Act of 2009 on Consumer Credit
David S. Evans, David S. Evans, Joshua D. Wright,
University College London, University of Chicago Law School, George Mason University - School of Law, Faculty,
2 187 Gods at War: Shotgun Takeovers, Government by Deal and the Private Equity Implosion
Steven M. Davidoff,
University of Connecticut School of Law,
3 173 The 2005 Rules of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration - Revisited
Simon Greenberg, Luke R. Nottage, Romesh Weeramantry,
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), University of Sydney - Faculty of Law, City University of Hong Kong (CityUHK),
4 124 Interpretation and Implied Terms in Contract Law
George M. Cohen,
University of Virginia School of Law,
5 120 Conflict of Laws and Choice of Law
Erin A. O'Hara, Larry E. Ribstein,
Vanderbilt University School of Law, University of Illinois College of Law,
6 117 A Critique of Evans and Wright’s Study of the Consumer Financial Protection Agency Act
Adam J. Levitin,
Georgetown University - Law Center,
7 102 Langdell and the Invention of Legal Doctrine
Catharine P. Wells,
Boston College - Law School, 
8 101 Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Home Mortgage Foreclosure Crisis
Christopher Lewis Peterson,
University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law,
9 100 Duress in Contracts: An Economic Analysis
Péter Cserne,
Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) ,
10 97 ProCD v. Zeidenberg and Cognitive Overload in Contractual Bargaining
Eric A. Posner,
University of Chicago - Law School,

[Jeremy Telman]

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