“Evidence of the Law illuminates how many of the issues that are treated explicitly for factual disputes (for example, admissibility rules and burdens and standards of proof) are also present in disputes about questions of law—however, they are typically presupposed or left implicit in legal doctrine, reasoning, and decision making. Those who specialize in any doctrinal area of law will see how these epistemological issues apply in their domains, and those who specialize in areas of evidence, proof, and procedure will see ways in which their conceptual tools may have broader applicability throughout the law. This is a book that should be read by every law professor, and probably every judge and litigator, as well.”
(Michael S. Pardo, University of Alabama School of Law coauthor of "Minds, Brains, and Law: The Conceptual Foundations of Law and Neuroscience"
“Twenty years ago, Lawson wrote an extremely good and potentially highly influential article titled 'Proving the Law.' As lawyers and judges and legal subjects confront uncertainty about what the law is, they can and should, Lawson argued, be guided by the same kinds of considerations and structures and doctrines long used to make determinations about uncertain questions of fact. This idea is novel, important, and right, but it has not penetrated legal thought nearly as much as it should have. Adding detail, applications, embellishments, and implementation to the idea, Evidence of the Law will increase the influence and visibility and usefulness of Lawson’s important argument.”
(Frederick Schauer, University of Virginia School of Law author of "Thinking Like a Lawyer" and "The Force of Law"
“This is a very, very good book. Evidence of the Law is original, smart, careful, and extremely well-written, and makes a genuinely valuable contribution on a topic of major significance to virtually every field of law. It strikes just the right balance between high theory and the discussion of real-world legal examples and practical problems; between backward-looking analysis and forward-looking suggestions; and between seriousness and lighthearted humor. As Lawson says in his conclusion, ‘This book was not written in order to argue. It was written in order to help start a conversation. I believe that there is value in talking about evidence of the law. What say you?’ Speaking for myself, I will be delighted to join that conversation.”
(Joseph L. Hoffmann, Indiana University Maurer School of Law)