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Making Law Work: Robert F. Kennedy and the American Lawyer as an Agent of Reform

Hall, Emma
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Hall, Emma
Advisor
McCurdy, Charles
Abstract
During his tenure as Attorney General, Robert F. Kennedy expressed, through speeches, writings, and official actions, a distinctive conception of the law and of the lawyer’s role in modern American society. While Kennedy’s jurisprudential conception mirrored some crucial tenets of legal realism in its emphasis on fact-responsiveness and pragmatism in the law, it was driven primarily by his own deep moral and political intuitions, rather than by formal principles of legal philosophy. The elements of moral absolutism inherent in his jurisprudence distinguished it from more formal academic notions of legal realism, and his intuitive, morality-driven approach to legal action often created friction with colleagues and staff who viewed their legal obligations as meaningfully distinct from their moral obligations or political preferences. This Thesis explores the central tenets of Kennedy’s conception, examines its origins and development throughout his legal education and early legal career, and evaluates its strengths and weaknesses as an animating force in his administration.
Language
English
Published
University of Virginia, Department of History, MA (Master of Arts), 2013
Published Date
2013-06-06
Degree
MA (Master of Arts)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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