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Gary Schwartz: The Beauty of Balance, 50 UCLA Law Review 259 (2002)


What makes a great torts scholar? Many qualities are needed: a sense of history, an understanding of the economic consequences of the relevant rules, a concern with the roles of different decisionmakers—like judges and juries—in shaping and applying those rules, and an appreciation for—perhaps even a love of—common law processes, combined with a respect for the many statutes that alter and confine those processes. These are but a few that might be mentioned. Gary Schwartz had these and any number of other required traits in abundance. But he had more . . . . He had an instinctive and all-encompassing sense of balance.

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