The Next Step: Definition, Generalization, and Theory in American Family Law

The Journal of Law Reform’s Symposium on Family Law comes opportunely, in legal scholarship’s spring of hope, its winter of despair, at a time when we have everything before us, when we have nothing before us. As is natural in such an epoch, reflection about legal scholarship, about its history, purposes, and methods, has flourished. This Symposium invites us to extend that reflection to family law, and this essay attempts, tentatively and speculatively, to accept the invitation.