The Presidential Statutory Stretch and the Rule of Law, by Peter Shane

Over the past forty years, no one has written more knowledgeably or wisely than Hal Bruff about how law actually operates as a source of constraint on the presidency. His analysis of the role and significance of executive branch lawyering in operationalizing the rule of law is especially distinctive. Professor Bruff’s 2009 book, Bad Advice, captures beautifully the ethical dilemmas of the President’s legal advisers and the chronic difficulty of balancing an ever-present pressure to support a president’s wishes with the demands of professionalism and personal conscience for a sound reading of the law.

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