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The 42nd Annual Austin W. Scott, Jr. Lecture

Silence is everywhere in law. Congress is silent; courts are silent; records are silent; parties are silent; arrestees are silent; businesses are silent; witnesses are silent; documents are silent. And this silence can matter, often quite a lot. But though there's a robust literature on discrete pieces of this legal silence, there's almost nothing that attempts to understand it as a whole: no detailed study of the ways courts read congressional silence; no coherent account of when courts themselves are silent; no wide-lens look at silence as a factor in and around the law. This talk begins to take that look. It starts the process of understanding silence both in and around the law. As it does, it tells three seemingly disparate legal stories, and it brings apparent misfits together - the forgotten plaintiff simply trying to access federal court, for example, and the famous defendant hoping to keep quiet. Approved for one (1) CLE General credit. For questions, please contact

Event Details

Moderated By Dean S. James Anaya
Speakers Professor Frederic Bloom
CLE Credits
General: 1
Ethics: 0