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By Jonathan White

Wisdom and tales from one among America's most unusual felony minds

Abraham Lincoln's good fortune as a political candidate used to be rooted in adventure within the court docket. regardless of a presidency plagued with ethical and felony crises, this self-taught prairie legal professional deftly led the country via hoping on the center rules he honed in his early occupation: truthfully, self-control, and a strong feel of social accountability. Aspiring and training legal professionals alike usually appeared to Lincoln for guidance—and his hard-won knowledge is as proper at the present time as ever.

Drawn from his correspondence with aspiring lawyers in addition to observations from neighbors and associates, Lincoln on legislation, management, and Life is an insightful number of Lincoln's undying costs, quips, and stories.

"This will be required examining in each legislation college in America."—Frank J. Williams, retired leader Justice, Rhode Island very best court docket, and founding chair of The Lincoln Forum.

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He got to be a pretty good lawyer though his general knowledge of law was never very formidable. But he would study out his case and make about as much of it as anybody. Logan’s somewhat disparaging remarks may have been an overstatement. But even Lincoln could be modest and introspective about his own skills and abilities. In the lecture he drafted on the law, Lincoln opened humbly: I am not an accomplished lawyer. I find quite as much material for a lecture in those points wherein I have failed, as in those wherein I have been moderately successful.

Indd 35 I was a young man, just turned twenty-­one. I had bought up some cattle, delivery to be made a few days later. Before the time came, the price of cattle went up and the man refused to deliver the consignment I had purchased. I decided to see my lawyer. That lawyer was Abraham Lincoln. He had always been my 11/21/14 5: 36 | JONATHAN W. WHITE father’s attorney. I found him in front of his flat-­top desk, doing some writing. “Sit down, John,” said he and went on with his writing. ” I stated my case.

In contrast to some attorneys today, he sought to encourage his clients to resolve their troubles without resorting to litigation. In the 1850s, Lincoln thought he might be able to earn supplemental income by giving lectures on various subjects. He delivered lectures on inventions and agriculture, and he drafted notes for a lecture on law (although he never delivered the lecture). His advice for young lawyers was drawn from his experience as a practicing attorney: Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can.

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