Praise for Chief Judge Benjamin N. Cardozo of the New York State Court of Appeals on the occasion of his six-teeth birthday and criticism of the last three presidents for their failure to appoint Cardozo to the United States Supreme Court bench, is contained in an editorial in yesterday’s “New York Telegram”, which characterizes Judge Cardozo as “the most adroit and enlightened juristic guidance available in the country today.”
“Cardozo has been the leader among active jurists in the United States in the effort to see law as a product of social opinions and institutions”, says the editorial. “He has shown that there can be no sound conception of law which is not based upon a full knowledge of man, human nature and social institutions. His ‘Nature of the Judicial Process’ and ‘The Growth of the Law’ have influenced legal thinking in America more than any other two treaties of their type in the whole history of our legal publications.
“We may well congratulate Judge Cardozo and New York State. But we cannot say as much for the United States of America. The fact that he is sixty years of age and is not yet on the bench of the Supreme Court of the United States is but a reminder of what we have lost through the negligence of our Chief Executives during the last decade. This failure to appoint Judge Cardozo would in itself alone be a sufficient proof of the lack of vision and statesmanship on the part of Harding, Coolidge and Hoover”.