If you enjoy watching television programs that deal with the law, you have a good idea of what a courtroom looks like. It’s relatively easy to spot the lawyers, due to their […]
Did a Missing Constitutional Amendment Take Away the Citizenship of All Lawyers?
“The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers!” (Henry VI, Part 2, Act IV, Scene 2). When William Shakespeare wrote those infamous words about lawyers in 1591, he parodied the […]
Warnings for Those Who Fail to Read the Fine Print
Are you one of those people who reads every word of the documents you sign? The vast majority of the population cannot be bothered to peruse the HIPAA disclosures at the doctor’s […]
The Case of the Surprise Witnesses
In the early years of the 20th century, John T. Bevins, an attorney from Pearsall, Texas, asked a judge to continue his case, due to the fact that two vital witnesses were […]
Should Abraham Lincoln Have Been a Pastor?
As often as Abraham Lincoln referred to faith issues in speeches and ordinary conversation, one wonders if he may have felt a call toward pastoral ministry. An incident in the decade before […]
Supreme-ly Qualified Presidents
For an attorney, arguing a case before the United States Supreme Court is one of the highest honors imaginable. Twenty-six of the 44 men who have served as President of the United […]
Defending His Client to the Extreme
Attorney Clement Vallandigham (former US Congressman from Ohio and famously deported to the South by President Lincoln during the Civil War) was defending Thomas McGehan, who was accused of shooting a man […]
Counselor, Don’t Just Keep Saying, “Who?” When I Ask How Your Client Pleads
If Charles Abbott’s attorney gives the impression of being as wise as an owl, that might be because he is one. Granted, he’s a stuffed owl, but that can be excused, because […]