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The Lost Lawyers: Early American Legal Literates And Transatlantic Legal Culture, Mary Sarah Bilder Jan 1999

The Lost Lawyers: Early American Legal Literates And Transatlantic Legal Culture, Mary Sarah Bilder

Boston College Law School Faculty Papers

From the author's introduction: Paul C. Kurtz wrote well, spoke and argued eloquently, wore a nice suit, and carried a briefcase. As an observer notes, "He looked 100 percent like a lawyer and conducted himself as a lawyer." Being an actual practitioner of the law, however, does not make one a lawyer in modern America. Lawyer status is conferred only upon those who satisfy formal definitions based on professional education and bar admission. Not surprisingly, on July 7, 1998, Mr. Kurtz was arrested for passing himself off as a lawyer. Three hundred years earlier, an English lord similarly refused ...