Virtual Faculty Book Talk: Lewis Sargentich, Liberal Legality: A Unified Theory of Our Law, Wednesday, October 14, at noon EST

The Harvard Law School Library staff invite you to attend a book talk and discussion in celebration of Liberal Legality: A Unified Theory of Our Law by Lewis Sargentich (Cambridge Univ. Press, April 2018).

Wednesday, October 14 between noon and 1 pm, EST
Harvard Law School via Zoom, advance registration required. This event is free and is open to members of the Harvard community. A recording will be posted to our webpage within two weeks after the book talk.

Book talk poster for Lewis Sargentich, Liberal Legality: A Unified Theory of Our Law.  October 14th between noon and 1 pm. Registration required.

About Liberal Legality: A Unified Theory of Our Law

“In his new book, Lewis D. Sargentich shows how two different kinds of legal argument – rule-based reasoning and reasoning based on principles and policies – share a surprising kinship and serve the same aspiration. He starts with the study of the rule of law in life, a condition of law that serves liberty – here called liberal legality. In pursuit of liberal legality, courts work to uphold people’s legal entitlements and to confer evenhanded legal justice. Judges try to achieve the control of reason in law, which is manifest in law’s coherence, and to avoid forms of arbitrariness, such as personal moral judgment. Sargentich offers a unified theory of the diverse ways of doing law, and shows that they all arise from the same root, which is a commitment to liberal legality.” — Cambridge University Press Online Access via HOLLIS

The book talk discussion will include:

Lewis Sargentich is Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.

Charles Fried is the Beneficial Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.

Duncan Kennedy is the Carter Professor of General Jurisprudence at Harvard Law School. He was a founding member of the Critical Legal Studies movement.

About Lewis Sargentich

Lewis Daniel Sargentich teaches a section of the 1L Torts course and courses in jurisprudence and legal theory. He has been teaching at HLS since 1973 and became a full professor in 1979.

Born in 1944, he grew up in Alhambra, California. He did his undergraduate work at Occidental College and studied at the University of Sussex in England as a Marshall Scholar.

Sargentich earned his Harvard Law School law degree summa cum laude. He studied Torts in a course taught by Robert Keeton. According to Eugene Volokh’s Academic Legal Writing (2003), Sargentich’s Note on “The First Amendment Overbreadth Doctrine” (83 Harv. L. Rev. 844, 1970) had been cited more often than all but one other law review article written by a student. He served as one of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall’s law clerks.

Professor Sargentich is co-author of Tort and Accident Law: Cases and Materials (4th edition 2004) with Gregory Keating and the late Robert Keeton.

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