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August 30, 2006

A Statutory Interpretation Reading List?

Over at the Jurisdynamics blog, Professor Jim Chen of the University of Minnesota School of Law wrote up a rudimentary reading list for statutory interpretation. He reccomends several by Eskridge & Frickey, Hart & Sacks, and one I'd never heard of. I'd also add Guido Calebresi's book, A Common Law for the Age of Statutes. While now a bit dated, the historical "tipping point" analysis the book contains is invaluable to understanding why interpretation has become so important.

Of course, you should also read the statutory interpretation book I co-authored!

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Greetings David,

Congratulations on the new blog. It looks fantastic.

In response to your suggestion, I've added Calabresi's Age of Statutes to my reading list. I invite your readers to visit the newly revised reading list at http://jurisdynamics.blogspot.com/2006/08/statutory-interpretation-rudimentary.html.

Best wishes,
Jim Chen

Posted by: Jim Chen | Aug 30, 2006 4:29:36 PM

I'm glad you agreed! (BtW the original link in the post will take you to the revised list; for some reason, I got a bounce when I tried the link posted by Prof. Chen).

Last night, I finished the article (noted below at http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/statutory/2006/08/presidential_po.html by Professor Kinkopf, and I must say it's quite a good read to, though on what has been, and hopefully will become again, a fairly esoteric point. If you are researching the torture memos, and related matters, it's an interesting read.

Posted by: David Hricik | Aug 31, 2006 3:04:42 AM

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