9 Then came “Woe Unto You,. Lawyers!”. Rodell knew that it would make every lawyer bristle or snort. ‘By FRED RODELL, Professor of Law, Yale University. Here’s a book you don’t have to buy; the entire text is here, in glorious HTML. It’s Fred Rodell’s “lusty, gusty attack on ‘The Law’ as a curious. This Book Reviews is brought to you for free and open access by the College of Law at Via Sapientiae. It has been accepted for Leo Herzel, Rodell: Woe unto You, Lawyers!, 7 DePaul L. Rev. () You, Lawyers! By FRED RODELL.

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What is really needed to put the lawyers in their places and out of the seats of the mighty is no more than a slashing of the veil of dignified mystery that now surrounds lawters protects The Law.

The Court, however, seemed to say that the principles of Maguire v. It uses words and phrases which are totally unfamiliar to him.

And of course the judges themselves, as could scarcely fail to occur when the rules of the game are so vague, are forever disagreeing about what the Constitution is. Consideration — and every other so-called concept or principle of The Law — amounts to a vague legal cred of stating a result, applied to the result after the result is reached, instead of being, as the lawyers and judges stoutly pretend, a reason for reaching the result in the first place.

Part should stand regardless of the rest. And even a personally conducted tour through the mirror mazes of legal logic unot tiring and confusing. Should she turn her hot shower cold before she gets out? Published December 28th by Fred B.

From the angle of the state governments, the problem is simply: There is thus no doubt at all about The Law of the case. There is the provision that the states rodelo not coin money. Most presidents, governors, commissioners, lawuers with their advisers and brain-trusters are lawyers; they administer our laws. Of course, just what state police power is and just what a business affected with a public interest amounts to and just what state jurisdiction to tax means is, in each case, another and longer story.


Sonia Kruks – – Critical Review 2 4: Indeed he had, according to The Law, but Congress had said nothing about legal title; it was the taking effect of enjoyment that was supposed to matter.

Fred Rodell Quotes

Probably Tony would get his fifty alwyers if he had dug half the ditch by the time his boss backed down. Scared, befuddled, impressed and ignorant, they take what is fed them, or rather what is sold them.

It hnto take some understanding of the wordy emptiness and irrelevance of the legal process itself. Each parcel has been assessed for customary taxes in the name of legal owner or lessee according to local law, without deduction or diminution because of any interest claimed by appellant and others similarly situation.

There is no written rule to tell whether a man who orders a house built with a bathroom between the kitchen and the pantry has to take the house and pay the builder if everything else is fine but the bathroom is between the living room and the coat-closet.

Woe Unto You, Lawyers!

It is through the medium of their weird and wordy mental gymnastics that the lawyers lay down the rules under which we live. And lawyers are fanatics indeed about the sacredness of the word-magic they call The Law. It might not then be irrelevant to ask just what a judge is. Ordinarily, little disputes of this nature rosell handled in the state courts.

It is necessary to realize that The Law not only stands still but is proud and determined to stand still. Then too, the law schools would be forced to close their doors — or else to turn themselves into schools of practical government or business administration. And the only thing that matters about the law is the way it handles these facts and a million others. But it would scarcely be necessary to ask the advice of the Supreme Court on such matters.


Section 20 was intended to restrict federal courts from granting so many injunctions against union activities. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is yku opinion of the Supreme Court of the United States in the case of Senior v.

Perhaps an examination of the lawyers and their Law, set down in ordinary English, might help achieve these ends. Any lawyer, at least, would understand. Now, Chief Justice Taft was in no position to know, and would have considered it irrelevant if he had known, that the Clayton Act might not have been passed at all if it had not seemed clear to labor that Section 20 gave strikers the right to picket without constant interference by the federal courts.

Woe Unto You, Lawyers! by Fred Rodell

For most of Constitutional law as applied to state statutes, and as laid down by the Supreme Court, revolves rodlel that little phrase. Therefore, we do not believe Congress meant what it said when it said to let the constitutional part stand. The tax, even though it is measured by the profits so that it works like an income tax, is called a property tax in the statute. As though, in each case, the legal phrase used were anything more than a circumloquacious statement of the result, rather than a reason for arriving at it.

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