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Lawyer: A Brief 5,000 Year History

Lawyer: A Brief 5,000 Year History
Product Code: 1620410
Author: R. Blain Andrus
Publication Date: August 2009
ISBN: 978-1-60442-598-7
Page Count: 450
Trim Size: 6 x 9
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Topics: Law School, Law Students, Legal Research & Writing, Reference
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About Lawyer: A Brief 5,000 Year History

There are roughly 890,000 lawyers in America right now, and that number keeps going up. But why are there so many, where did they come from, and what role have they played in history? This hysterical, scholarly look at the history of lawyers is not just an external account of lawyers: it puts you inside their heads. It's a roller coaster ride through history, viewed from a lawyer's perspective.

Starting from Biblical times with the case of Adam and Eve v. The State of Innocence, through ancient Greece and Rome and medieval Europe, through Lincoln, Darrow, and O.J. Simpson, this book will provide you with a good sense of the "primal ooze" that gave rise to the first lawyer and the religious, cultural, philosophical, economic, and political forces that have preserved lawyers from extinction--at least so far.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART ONE: BIBLICAL TIMES
THE STATE OF INNOCENCE V. ADAM AND EVE
THE FIRST MURDER CASE: THE STATE V. CAIN -- A TALE OF THE
TRAIL OF BLOOD FROM THE LAND OF NOD TO BRENTWOOD
CALIFORNIA
THE JUDGMENT OF SOLOMON OR HOW TO SPLIT THE BABY
DANIEL, "PUBLIC DEFENDER" AND THE ART OF CROSS EXAMINATION JEWISH LAW AND JEWISH LAWYERS: TORAH! TORAH! TORAH!
THE SADDUCEES PHARISEES AND THOSE DAMNED NEW
TESTAMENT LAWYERS

PART TWO: PAGAN TIMES
THE DEVELOPMENT OF ANCIENT LAW: OLD BONES; OLD LAWYERS
LAWS OF UR-NAMMA
LAWS OF LIPIT-ISHTAR
LAWS OF ESHNUNNA
LAWS OF HAMMURABI
HITTITE LAWS
ASSYRIAN LAWS
EGYPTIAN LAWS
CIVILIZATION, COSMOLOGY AND THE DIVINE ADVOCATE
COSMOLOGY
ASTROLOGERS, ORACLES, AND PRIESTS

PART THREE: ANCIENT GREECE
THE GREEKS
A BIT OF RHETORIC ON RHETORIC

PART FOUR: ANCIENT ROME
ROMAN LAW
RISE OF THE LAWYER CLASS IN THE ROMAN EMPIRE
A QUICK WHO'S AT THE ROMAN BAR
CICERO
QUINTILIAN

PART FIVE: MEDIEVAL TIMES
A SNAPSHOT FROM DARK TO LIGHT
MUDDLE IN THE "MIDDLE AGES": CANON LAW, CIVIL LAW,
ROYAL LAW, URBAN LAW, FEUDAL LAW, MERCANTILE
LAW, AND THE IUS COMMUNE
THE DECRETUM AND THE DECRETALS
LAWYERS AND SEX
CIVIL LAW SYSTEMS
IUS COMMUNE
THE UNCOMMON, COMMON LAW
LAWYERS AND THE INQUISITION: "RACK 'EM-UP"
EVEN A DIRTY RAT DESERVES A LAWYER
INNS OF COURT: THE EARLY ENGLISH LAW SCHOOLS
LINCOLN'S INN
GRAY'S INN
THE TEMPLES
JUDY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS: SIR THOMAS MORE
LUTHER AND CALVIN
LUTHER
CALVIN
IN MERRIE, OLDE ENGLAND NO LAWYERS ARE ALLOWED-BUT
DON'T GET TOO EXCITED
LEGAL DRAG

PART SIX: MODERN TIMES
THE QUICK RISE AND LONG FALL OF THE LAWYER CLASS
IN AMERICA
THOMAS JEFFERSON: THE THINKING MAN WHO THOUGHT
ABOUT "THINKING PROPERTY"
DANIEL WEBSTER (AND THE DEVIL)
ABRAHAM LINCOLN: THE MAN WHO MISTOOK HIS HAT FOR
A FILING CABINET
CLARENCE DARROW AND THE MONKEY MAN
THE BREEDING GROUND FOR LAWYERS: LAW SCHOOLS
BROADS AT THE BAR
NOT JUST ANY CHIMP IN THE JUNGLE HAS THE RIGHT
TO PRACTICE LAW
STEP INTO THE CONFESSIONAL (YOUR SECRETS ARE MOST
LIKELY SAFE)
BELLY UP TO THE BAR
A LAWYER BY ANY OTHER NAME SMELLS JUST THE SAME
LAWYER ADVERTISING
THE CARE AND FEEDING OF LAWYERS (OR "SHOW ME THE MONEY")
LAWYER JOKES
THE WORD
COMPETENCY AND THE LEGAL WARRIOR
CLOSING ARGUMENT
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
What Others Are Saying

"Andrus leads us on a lightning-fast tour of the history of lawyers over the past five millennia. We touch down briefly in every major Western civilization of the past 5,000 years, and glimpse both law and lawyers in each. If you have never heard of Ur-Nammu or the Big Pig (I'm not telling!), this is the book for you."

--Stanley N. Katz, Director, Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies, Princeton University
Author, The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History