THE AMERICAN LAWYER by

THE AMERICAN LAWYER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Subtitled: ""A Summary of the Survey of the Legal Profession"", this is a book which is of interest to all who come in contact with the law, though, of course, primarily to lawyers themselves. The book might open with the well-known boast of Dick the Butcher, ""Let's kill all the lawyers"". The book could very well close with Justice Holmes' observation, ""Every calling is great when greatly pursued"", for in each chapter the author produces enough statistics and evidence to prove that the American lawyer has generally and in large degree pursued his calling in the grand manner. Chapter One deals with the lawyer as a statistic and with the statistics of the legal profession -- this perhaps not of interest to the general public. But then there follow chapters describing the role the lawyer plays in governmental and public service and in local community service and the role played by Legal Aid Societies and Referral Plans. The chapter (VIII) dealing with ethics is worthy of the study of every lawyer and the final chapter on the organization of the legal profession is interesting historical reading. Three or four chapters will interest every lawyer, and the entire text will interest the majority. The work is not argumentative but, in direct and simple style, unencumbered by legal phraseology, sets forth fact upon fact historically, with ample illustration.

Pub Date: Aug. 13th, 1954
Publisher: Univ. of Chicago Press