Misreading law misreading democracy turns a spotlight on lawyers and judges pervasive ignorance about how congress makes law victoria nourse not only offers a critique but proposes reforming the way lawyers learn how to interpret statutes by teaching legislative process. Misreading law misreading democracy is important reading for anyone seriously interested in understanding statutes and especially so for judges their ignorance of indifference to congresss processes is an affront both to the means by which most law is created today and to the democratic values implicit in its emergence from the actions of an elected body. Misreading law misreading democracy author victoria nourse publish on 2016 09 12 victoria nourse argues that lawyers must be educated on the basic procedures that define how congress operates today author victoria nourse publisher harvard university press isbn 9780674974272. Hating congress but loving democracy is a national passion for those who apply law whether lawyers or judges it is an oxymoronic luxury neither can afford one of the dirty secrets of the legal academy is that it teaches almost nothing to lawyers about how law is made in congress the results of this ignorance can be perverse and anti democratic
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