University of New Hampshire Law Review


[Excerpt] “This is an essay about common law decision-making, with an emphasis on the value of consistency as it relates to claims about the legitimacy of judicial lawmaking. The legitimacy of judicial lawmaking is ever an issue, particularly, of course, in the cases at the margins—those instances in which precedent points the court in no obviously correct direction, a choice must be made between plausible alternative paths, and “a decision one way or the other,” as Benjamin Cardozo observed, “will count for the future, will advance or retard, sometimes much, sometimes little, the development of the law.””

Repository Citation

Lawrence Friedman, Common Law Decision-Making, Constitutional Shadows, and the Value of Consistency: The Jurisprudence of William F. Batchelder, 12 U.N.H. L. REV. 1 (2014), available at http://scholars.unh.edu/unh_lr/vol12/iss1/3