A Restatement of Jurisprudence: Why Not?

Jack Van Doren


At the turn of the nineteenth century there existed in the United States a plethora of contradictory cases that highlighted conflicts between and within states regarding the then current state of the common law. The American Law Institute ("ALl") came into existence in 1923 in order to remedy this confusing state of law with The "Restatements" of United States Law, the first of which was published in 1932.  The Restatements are now usually offered as a fait accompli in today's law schools, part of the legal precedent complex along with cases and statutes. But should they be?



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