Women and the Law

Mar. 8 - Not much weekend stuff to write about, and I actually have a fair amount of work to get done today, so no bloggish in today's Almanac. Here's the daily briefing... check in later at the blog and maybe there'll be some bloggish drivel.


Women and the Law

Today is International Women's Day. It also happens to be the birthday of Kathy Ireland (born in 1963), best known for looking really good when almost naked. Kathy is not the daughter of Patricia Ireland, president of the National Organization of Women, because there was already enough irony in the world at the time of her birth.

Here's a link to galleries of Kathy Ireland photos: click here.

Here's a link to a bio of Patricia Ireland that includes a small black and white headshot: click here.

Today is also the birthday of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. According to Judge Benjamin N. Cardozo, Holmes once "packed a whole philosophy of legal method into a fragment of a paragraph." The fragment in question, from The Common Law, is cited below:

The life of the law has not been logic; it has been experience. The felt necessities of the time, the prevalent moral and political theories, intuitions of public policy avowed or unconscious, even the prejudices which judges share with their follow-men, have had a great deal more to do than the syllogism in determining the rules by which men should be governed. The law embodies the story of a nation's development through many centuries, and it cannot be dealt with as if it contained only the axioms and corollaries of a book of mathematics.

Which is to say, people write the laws that suit them and cannot be compelled to suit themselves to the law. This is a "whole philosophy of legal method" I can appreciate. It's a legal method with respect for the short attention span, peripatetic morality, and whiplash reversals of public opinion.

It therefore strikes me as extremely dangerous if misunderstood, and therefore extremely likely to be misunderstood. What more could you ask from a whole philosophy of legal method?

(Members of the legal profession need not reply.)

The Moron's Index
Bean Counter: 16 weeks + 3 days
Days as a (Mostly) Non-Smoker: 22

Dagens Ord (The Word of the Day)
Loven. The Law. (But if you didn't get that on Friday, when I mentioned that Janteloven meant "the law of Jante," it's probably not going to help much seeing it again.)

Kathy Ireland and Justice Holmes share their birthday with Freddie Prinze, Jr. (1976), Aidan Quinn (1959), Mickey Dolenz (1945), Lynn Redgrave (1943), and Cyd Charisse (1923).

Happy Monday.

2004, The Moron's Almanac™

[close window]
[Daily Briefing Archive]