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Presented on 18 November 2005 – Cornell Law School, Ithaca, NY – LL.M. Seminar Presentation Series.


This is a review of the methodology and style of legal research of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., focusing on the ideological and philosophical leanings that informed his scholarship. The review spans selected works of his undergraduate days through his mid-career writings and his representative opinions on the Supreme Judicial Court of the State of Massachusetts and the Supreme Court of the United States.

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November 2005


Holmes Jr., Oliver Wendell