Lusky examines the role of the Supreme Court in today's society. His book serves as a reminder that the Supreme Court's constitutional rulings, which have led us toward an open and self-governing society, have won popular acceptance because they are thought to be based on legal principle rather than the personal preferences of the Justices. In recent years, the Court has announced many new constitutional rules without recognizing the importance of showing that it still considers itself the servant of the law. According to Lusky, unless the Court takes more care to demonstrate the principled basis of its constitutional decisions, it may lose its vital ability to defuse conflicts within society.
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LOUIS LUSKY is Betts Professor of Law Emeritus at Columbia University Law School in New York City. He served in 1937 and 1938 as law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Harlan Fiske Stone, and over the next 20 years practiced law in New York, City and Louisville, Kentucky. He joined the faculty of Columbia Law School in 1963 and taught there until 1986. He is the author of many articles on constitutional law and of the book, By What Right? A Commentary on the Supreme Court's Power to Revise the Constitution (1975).Review:
"Louis Lusky was Justice Harlan Fiske Stone's law clerk in 1938, when the famous Carolene Products footnote 4 came down, and Lusky, in this book takes credit for conceiving the idea for the note and for writing its first draft....to be recommended to those concerned about the legitimacy of judicial review, to those interested in the background to the Carolene Products footnote and to those interested in Louis Lusky's personal opinions."-The Federal Lawyer
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Book Description Praeger, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0275944638