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Michigan Law Review

1931

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Lay Encroachments On The Legal Profession, E. Smythe Gambrell Jun 1931

Lay Encroachments On The Legal Profession, E. Smythe Gambrell

Michigan Law Review

The holding of the Minnesota supreme court in the Otterness case that: "Neither a corporation nor a layman, not admitted to practise, can practise law, nor indirectly practise law by hiring a licensed attorney to practise law for others for the benefit or profit of such hirer" is one of many recent judicial pronouncements in defense of the legal profession. These decisions may prompt many individuals to ask why there should be a professional monopoly in the practise of law. Governmental restraint against free and unregulated practise of law is not for the purpose of advancing the individual interests of …