The Second Circuit and Social Justice

The article concludes:  "In this Article, we attempted to illustrate a variety of issues through which the Second Circuit has advanced social justice. This diversity, reflective of the rich legal and social communities in which the Second Circuit sits, is in itself a strength. But the deeper significance of the Second Circuit’s jurisprudence is its nuance and sensitivity to fundamental power inequality, illustrated by the case law discussed herein. In 1951, Chief Judge Learned Hand captured the Second Circuit’s tradition with brevity and eloquence: “If we are to keep our democracy, there must be one commandment: Thou shalt not ration justice.”311 We look forward to the circuit continuing to break new ground as it dispenses justice in its considered and thoughtful fashion."