Even though other academic disciplines may provide better research and analysis for the discussion of marriage law, lawyers and legal academics can play a role in the marriage debates. This article responds to Professor Bix by discussing the roles lawyers and legal academics can play in the current marriage debates. The roles of lawyers vary from overcoming parochialism and broadening the inquiry outside specific academic disciplines to recognizing the areas that need investigating and synthesizing the results. The roles of legal academics stretch from helping “set the agenda” for research, that is, raising the issues and asking the important questions to allow each discipline to produce the best answers, to training policy makers to recognize and synthesize good scholarship into sound legal choices. The author concludes that lawyers and legal academics add to the marriage debate by crafting statements of law that effectuate policy goals.
Michael B. Kelly,
San Diego L. Rev.
Available at: https://digital.sandiego.edu/sdlr/vol42/iss3/5