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With a backdrop of famous cases, trials and personalities, Twenty Famous Lawyers is a kaleidoscope of information. In the forefront are 20 lawyers selected by John Hostettler as representative of those who have left their mark on legal development from early times to the modern-day.
They range across countries and cultures but centrally and importantly they concern people whose lives impacted on their profession, its values, standards, pre-occupations and pitfalls.
From high politics to the development of human rights to legal loopholes, tweaking, manipulation and downright trickery, the book is ultimately a celebration of the contributions made by lawyers to society and democracy, an illuminating account of what can happen when lawyers pursue reform, push boundaries, challenge injustices or ignore the rules.
With a 'supporting cast' which ranges from Julius Caesar to Oscar Wilde, Gilbert and Sullivan to the Prince Regent, Lily Langtry and trials for treason, murder, terrorism and even regicide the book visit courts from the Old Bailey to Westminster Hall to the Supreme Court of the USA to those of Ancient Rome and the Italy of the Enlightenment.
Twenty Famous Lawyers contains chapters on the lives of:-