I want to talk today about a certain aspect or dimension of the language of judging. From one point of view the quality I mean can be seen as a kind of idealism inherent in legal language; from another, as a kind of fundamental hypocrisy; from still another, as a simultaneously tragic and comic element in legal life.
White, James Boyd. "The Rhythms of Hope and Disappointment in the Language of Judging (St. John's University School of Law: Rededication Symposia)." St. John's L. Rev. 70, no. 1 (1996): 45-50.