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Beyond Evidence: The Many Contributions of John Henry Wigmore

John Henry Wigmore (1863-1943) was a giant of American law. While most think of him only as the author of his massive treatise,¬†Law of Evidence (1st ed. 1904-05), his impressive career touched on many other areas. His life is the … Continue reading

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Huey Long: The Great Depression’s Class Warrior

“He was a Populist hero and a corrupt demagogue, hailed as a champion of the poor and reviled as a dictator. [He] built his remarkable career…on a platform of social reform and justice, all the while employing graft and corruption … Continue reading

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Alexander Hamilton: A Short Life with Great Accomplishments

Even the casual student of American History knows the name of Alexander Hamilton, and many can identify his achievements as miltary hero and aide to George Washington, as co-author of The Federalist Papers which secured the ratification of the Constitution, … Continue reading

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Tips From John G. Johnson, Philadelphia’s Greatest Lawyer

Over a period of more than 275 years, Philadelphia has produced a disproportionate share of America’s top lawyers. Beginning in 1735 with Andrew Hamilton’s successful defense of the printer John Peter Zenger against a charge of seditious libel in the … Continue reading

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Abraham Lincoln, Trial Lawyer

Twenty-six of America’s forty-four presidents have been lawyers. Of these, the one with the most significant private practice was Abraham Lincoln, whose legal career began in 1836 and ended only after he was inaugurated in 1861. Lincoln was involved in … Continue reading

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