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Friday, May 8, 2009

Who are the most important thinkers in American law of the past century?

This is a Condorcet version of our earlier first-past-the-post poll on this subject, but I've loosened up the criteria for inclusion, though have tried to confine it, among living scholars, to those 60 or older (with a couple of exceptions).  Various "most cited" studies were consulted in constituting the list, but it also reflects my own judgments about competitive candidates, as well as what I gleaned from informal conversations with friends and colleagues.  Some preference is given to scholars and jurists whose ideas and theoretical innovations have had impact in more than one area of law.  Vote wisely and have fun!

UPDATE:  A reader has just pointed out that Learned Hand is an embarrassing omission from the list of candidates.  I imagine there will prove to be others.  Maybe we'll do a run-off if it turns out there are too many.

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