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In this readable book, a lawyer talks informally with friends or clients, explaining the law and its relation to the individual and the various features of our society. The lawyer as advocate is discussed at length, the author offering somewhat iconoclastic theories about the lawyer’s duty to his client. Next he presents the legislative role of the lawyer, as shown in the drawing up of wills and other documents. The third section of the book explains the trial court, the part played by the judge and jury, and their effectiveness. All is told in a manner easily understood by the layman, but not without some thought-provoking ideas on ethics. Finally Courts of Appeal are analyzed—from the lowest court to the Supreme Court of the United States.
The book is punctuated with interesting names and examples from real cases and situations. The lively language of its outspoken author, coupled with the strictly factual reporting of his legal background, makes this book of interest to lawyers (whether dissenting or concurring), as well as to the interested bystander.