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Legal Intellectuals in ConversationReflections on the Construction of Contemporary American Legal Theory$
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James R. Hackney

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814737071

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814737071.001.0001

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Critical Legal Studies

Critical Legal Studies

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(p.19) 1 Critical Legal Studies
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Legal Intellectuals in Conversation
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Duncan Kennedy

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814737071.003.0002

This chapter presents an interview with Duncan Kennedy, the Carter Professor of General Jurisprudence at the Harvard Law School. He is best known for helping to found and promote the critical legal studies movement. He helped introduce Continental legal theory to the American legal academy and has contributed to policy analysis in a host of legal areas, frequently utilizing economic analysis, while at the same time being highly critical of the dominant Chicago school law and economics approach. Topics covered during the interview include why Kennedy decided to become a legal academic; his work in the CIA's National Student Association operation; his undergraduate training in development economics at Harvard and the professors who influenced him; how he dealt with the common set of questions facing any beginning professor; and his critique of mainstream American law and economics.

Keywords:   critical legal studies movement, Harvard Law School, law professors, critical legal studies, Duncan Kennedy, Continental legal theory

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