Thursday, November 18, 2021

Chief Judge Stanley H. Fuld: Ahead of His Time

By George Lupe
George Lupe
 graduated summa cum laude from Albany Law School in May 2021. Prior to attending Albany Law, he graduated summa cum laude from SUNY Albany.
During his time at Albany Law School, George was a member of the Albany Law Review and a Teaching Assistant for Property Law. He also interned with Judge Kahn in the Northern District of New York during the summer of 2019 and with Seward & Kissel, LLP during the summer of 2020.
George is now a Law Clerk at the Seward & Kissel firm.

Many who are familiar with the New York Court of Appeals and its history would agree that Chief Judge Stanley Howells Fuld is one of the all-time greats. He had a brilliant approach to writing opinions, and he was never afraid to take a new and unique stance which would often end up moving the law forward in both New York and even the United States.

An analysis of his opinions in both conflict of laws and in criminal law will reveal his judicial philosophy. Chief Judge Fuld truly cared about what outcome would make the most sense and be most fair to the people. It is no wonder that the United States Supreme Court vindicated some of his dissents in the area of criminal law.

Fuld wrote opinions that would greatly influence both the New York Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He made an impact that still affects countless people in the American judicial system today.
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