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...
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