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For more than a century, careful readers of the Green Bag have known that “[t]here is nothing sacred in a theory of law...which has outlived its usefulness or which was radically wrong from the beginning...The question is What is the law and what is the true public policy?” Professor Orin Kerr bravely, creatively, and eloquently answered that question in his article, “A Theory of Law,” in the Autumn 2012 issue of the Green Bag. Uniquely among all theories of law that I know of, Kerr’s answer to the fundamental question of law and true public policy enables all scholars to answer that same question in their own ways. The Green Bag is pleased to be featuring his “A Theory of Law” in its first micro-symposium, and just as pleased with the quality, quantity, and diversity of the responses to the call for papers. Blessed with an abundance of good work but cursed by a shortage of space, we were compelled to select a small set – representative and excellent – of those essays to publish in the Green Bag or its sibling publication, the Journal of Law. We regret that we cannot do full justice to the outpouring of first-rate legal-theoretical commentary we received.
Appleman, Laura I and Bayern, Shawn J. and Chandler, Adam D. and Cheren, Robert and Cherry, Miriam A. and Davies, Ross E. and Fennell, Lee Anne and Gowder, Paul A. and Hartsell, Caitlin and Healy, Kieran and James, Robert A. and Kahn, Jeffrey H. and Kerr, Orin S. and Levy, Jacob T. and Lipshaw, Jeffrey M. and Lobel, Orly and Manne, Geoffrey and Oldfather, Chad M. and Patel, Ronak and Pojanowski, Jeffrey A. and Roberts, Alexandra Jane and Scheidegger, Kent and Stock, Arthur and Walker, Anders, Micro-Symposium on Orin Kerr's 'A Theory of Law' (2012). Green Bag 2d, Vol. 16, No. 2, 2013, pp. 213-226; Journal of Law: A Periodical Laboratory of Legal Scholarship, Vol. 2, No. 3, 2012, pp. 487-502; George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 13-05; San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 13-105.