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List du Jour: Law's Most Creative Moments

Lawyers love lists. But here is a new tack on an old idea: the 100 most creative moments in American law. Intrigued by the role played by innovation in law, Robert Blomquist, a professor at Valparaiso University School of Law, decided to try to rank law's most creative moments. He surveyed American law professors for their suggestions. Based on their replies and his own opinions, he compiled his list, which BoleyBlogs! calls "delightful." His top 10:

  1. The Constitution of the United States (1787) and the ratification debates (1787-1788)
  2. The Declaration of Independence (1776)
  3. The Bill of Rights (1791-1792)
  4. The Articles of Confederation (1777)
  5. The Ordinance of 1787: the Northwest Territorial Government
  6. Marbury v. Madison (1803)
  7. President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation (1863)
  8. The Judiciary Act of 1789
  9. President Lincoln’s suspension of the Writ of Habeas Corpus during the Civil War (1861-1865)
  10. Brown v. Board of Education (Brown I & Brown II) (1954-55)

Of course, Blomquist being an academic, he felt compelled to wrap his list in a 95-page scholarly paper. The list takes up about six pages, the rest of the paper describes Blomquist's survey of law professors and provides his justifications for the rankings. There remains the question: What did he leave off that should have been on?

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Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on May 27, 2008 at 11:44 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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