Recommended Titles and Treatises

Lawyer: a brief 5,000-year history

by Blain Andrus. American Bar Association. 2009.
465 pages.

In an attempt to answer the question “who was the first lawyer?”, author R. Blain Andrus has written an engrossing history of the legal profession, from the first appearance in biblical times to the evolution of the modern attorney. Equal parts a comedian and a scholar, Mr. Andrus’s account of the worldwide development of a canon of law and its practitioners is humorous, well-researched, and historically rich. Mr. Andrus provides definitions of key vocabulary terms and biographies of important historical figures in notices interspersed throughout the text. This title is worthwhile reading for any attorney who has pondered the history of his profession.

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