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In the wake of Watergate, Gerald Ford appointed eminent lawyer and scholar Edward H. Levi to the post of attorney general—and thus gave him the onerous task of restoring legitimacy to a discredited Department of Justice. Levi was famously fair-minded and free of political baggage, and his inspired addresses during this tumultuous time were critical to rebuilding national trust. They reassured a tense and troubled nation that the Department of Justice would act in accordance with the principles underlying its name, operating as a nonpartisan organization under the strict rule of law.

For Restoring Justice, Jack Fuller has carefully chosen from among Levi’s speeches a selection that sets out the attorney general’s view of the considerable challenges he faced: restoring public confidence through discussion and acts of justice, combating the corrosive skepticism of the time, and ensuring that the executive branch would behave judicially. Also included are addresses and Congressional testimonies that speak to issues that were hotly debated at the time, including electronic surveillance, executive privilege, separation of powers, antitrust enforcement, and the guidelines governing the FBI—many of which remain relevant today.         
          

Serving at an almost unprecedentedly difficult time, Levi was among the most admired attorney generals of the modern era. Published here for the first time, the speeches in Restoring Justice offer a superb sense of the man and his work.

Synopsis:

Originally published in 1949, An Introduction to Legal Reasoning is widely acknowledged as a classic text. As its opening sentence states, “This is an attempt to describe generally the process of legal reasoning in the field of case law and in the interpretation of statutes and of the Constitution.” In elegant and lucid prose, Edward H. Levi does just that in a concise manner, providing an intellectual foundation for generations of students as well as general readers.

For this edition, the book includes a substantial new foreword by leading contemporary legal scholar Frederick Schauer that helpfully places this foundational book into its historical and legal contexts, explaining its continuing value and relevance to understanding the role of analogical reasoning in the law. This volume will continue to be of great value to students of logic, ethics, and political philosophy, as well as to members of the legal profession and everyone concerned with problems of government and jurisprudence.

Synopsis:

This volume will be of interest and value to students of logic, ethics, and political philosophy, as well as to members of the legal profession and to everyone concerned with problems of government and jurisprudence. By citing a large number of cases, the author makes his presentation of the processes of judicial interpretation particularly lucid.

About the Author

Edward H. Levi (1911-2000) was the Glen A. Lloyd Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the College and the Law School of the University of Chicago.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Editors Introduction

A Note on the Text

Foreword

Editors Introduction

A Note on the Text

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1. A Crisis of Legitimacy

A Great Trust Waiting to be Reawakened

Security, Power and Equality

The Damaging Cycle

A Burden of Mistrust

Acting Judicially

Leading the Camel

Chapter 2. The Constitution and the Idea of Law

An Approach to Law

In the Service of the Republic

A Lawyer among Humanists

The Rule of Law

A Period of Agony and Triumph

Giving Bigotry No Sanction

The Tone of Our Asking

A Constitution Born in Doubt

The Infinite Task

Chapter 3. Governing by Discussion

Government Basic Rights and the Citizenry

The Legal Framework for Electronic Surveillance

A Proposed National Security Surveillance Statute

Government Confidentiality and Individual Privacy

Some Aspects of Separation of Powers

The Ideal of Political and Economic Democracy

Guidelines for the FBI

Appendix: FBI Guidelines of Domestic Security Investigation

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226474083
Subtitle:
The Speeches of Attorney General Edward H. Levi
Author:
Levi, Edward H.
Author:
Levi, Edward H.
Author:
Schauer, Frederick
Author:
Fuller, Jack
Author:
Kramer, Larry
Publisher:
University Of Chicago Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Law
Subject:
Interpretation and construction
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Law-Legal Guides and Reference
Subject:
Legal History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20130515
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.1 in

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Originally published in 1949, An Introduction to Legal Reasoning is widely acknowledged as a classic text. As its opening sentence states, “This is an attempt to describe generally the process of legal reasoning in the field of case law and in the interpretation of statutes and of the Constitution.” In elegant and lucid prose, Edward H. Levi does just that in a concise manner, providing an intellectual foundation for generations of students as well as general readers.

For this edition, the book includes a substantial new foreword by leading contemporary legal scholar Frederick Schauer that helpfully places this foundational book into its historical and legal contexts, explaining its continuing value and relevance to understanding the role of analogical reasoning in the law. This volume will continue to be of great value to students of logic, ethics, and political philosophy, as well as to members of the legal profession and everyone concerned with problems of government and jurisprudence.

"Synopsis" by ,
This volume will be of interest and value to students of logic, ethics, and political philosophy, as well as to members of the legal profession and to everyone concerned with problems of government and jurisprudence. By citing a large number of cases, the author makes his presentation of the processes of judicial interpretation particularly lucid.

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