North American Scholar

RADIN, Max

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  • Date of Birth: 1880-03-29
  • Born City: Kempden
  • Born State/Country: Poland
  • Parents: Adolph Moses, a rabbi & social worker, & Joanna Theodor R.
  • Date of Death: 1950-06-22
  • Death City: Berkeley
  • Death State/Country: CA
  • Married: Rose Jaffee, 2 July 1909; Dorothea Prall, 30 June 1922.
  • Education:

    B.A. Coll. City of New York, 1899; LL.B. School of Law, 1902; Ph.D. Columbia, 1909; LL.D. Whitman Coll., 1948.

  • Dissertation:

    "The Legislation of the Greeks and Romans on Corporations" (Columbia, 1910); printed (New York, 1910).

  • Professional Experience:

    Tchr. pub. sch., New York, 1900-19; admit. New York Bar, 1902; California bar, 1920; first asst. Newton HS, 1907-19; lctr. Rom. & civ. law CCNY, 1917-8; instr. Columbia, 1918-9; prof, law U. California, 1919-40; John Henry Boalt prof, law, 1940-8; mem. IAS, Princeton, 1949; Storrs lctr. Yale Law Sch., 1940; Hillman lctr. Pacific U. (Oregon), 1946; vis. prof, law Columbia, 1947; chairman, Comm. for Uniform Laws, 1941-8.

  • Publications:

    "Xenophon's Ten Thousand," CJ 7 (1911-2) 51-60; "Gens, Familia, Stirps," CP 9 (1914) 235-47; "The Promotion of Centurions in Caesar's Army," CJ 10 (1915-6) 300-11; The Jews among the Greeks and Romans (Philadelphia, 1916); "The International Law of the Gallic Campaigns," CJ 12 (1916-7) 8-33; "Dumnorix. Fabula Brac-cata," a 13 (1917-8) 314-42; Come Across (play) (New York, 1918); "The Composition of Caesar's Gallic War," CP 13 (1918) 283-300; "The Lex Pompeia and the Poena Cullei," JRS 10 (1920) 119-30; "Secare Partis: The Early Roman Law of Execution against a Debtor," AJP 43 (1922) 32-48; Handbook of Roman Law (St. Paul, MN, 1925); "Freedom of Speech in Ancient Athens," AJP 48 (1927) 215-30; Life of People in Biblical Times (Philadelphia, 1929); The Lawful Pursuit of Gain (Boston & New York, 1929); The Trial of Jesus of Nazareth (Chicago, 1931); Handbook of Anglo-American Legal History (St. Paul, MN, 1936); "A Juster Justice, A More Lawful Law" in Legal Essays in Tribute to Orrin Kip McMurray, ed. Radin (Berkeley, 1935) 537-64; The Law and Mr. Smith (New York, 1938); Marcus Brutus (New York & London, 1939); Manners and Morals of Business (Indianapolis, 1939); Law as Logic and Experience (New Haven & London, 1940); The Day of Reckoning (New York, 1943); The Law and You (New York, 1948); Epicurus, My Master (Chapel Hill, NC, 1949); Rodin's Law Dictionary (New York, 1951).

  • Notes:

    Radin gained a love of classical literature from his father, who taught him to converse in Latin. He began his career as a lawyer and schoolmaster. He developed an early interest in Roman history as well as the history of Biblical times, and he wrote popular books virtually at finger speed. An obituary cited by Ehrenzweig characterized Radin's offhand manner of dictating his volumes: every month or so he would call in a stenographer and say "Here, take a book." Indeed few of his many publications (his bibliography lists over 700 titles) had lasting importance, but he made a number of contributions to our understanding of the sources of the United States Constitution and he was eulogized by William O. Douglas with the words "He follows the tradition of Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson in his daily living. His is part of the tradition of Holmes and Cardozo in his influence on the law" (Ehrenzweig).

  • Sources:

    Albert A. Ehrenzweig, DAB Suppl. 4:680-1; NatCAB 39:294; WhAm 3:707.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.