The Oxford Dictionary of American Legal Quotations

The Oxford Dictionary of American Legal Quotations

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Whether in a modern legal case or a Hollywood courtroom drama, the successful practice of law rests heavily on incisive, pithy, and often witty language. This collection of more than 3,000 thematically arranged quotations includes pronouncements from leading judges and legal commentators, as well as hundreds of quotations from literature, the movies, and popular song. Here Oliver Wendell Holmes, Clarence Darrow, and Abraham Lincoln share the pages with Mark Twain, Will Rogers, Kurt Vonnegut, Woody Allen, and Bob Dylan. The most scholarly and complete reference work of its kind, it also includes extensive author and keyword indexes, and is a must for lawyers, students, and anyone interested in the legal more

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  • Hardback | 600 pages
  • 174 x 243.8 x 47.8mm | 1,204.3g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195058593
  • 9780195058598
  • 1,170,559

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'For any lawyer with a sense of humour, or a sense of perspective, the Oxford Dictionary of American Legal Quotations is an excellent late Christmas present.' David Pannick QC, The Times 'an often fascinating miscellany ... The editor ... has done his work with admirable thoroughness: sources are meticulously identified, citations comply with standard legal citation forms ... a treasury of writing on law that invites random reading for pleasure.' Times Literary Supplement 'sounds dull but is brilliant ... It deserves a place on every British lawyers bookshelf ... it's an excellent anthology of the wisdom of transatlantic justices, such as Oliver Wendell Holmes.' Piers Brendon, The Independent on Sundayshow more

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The practice of law rests heavily on the incisive, pithy, and occasionally witty language of the best technical writing, and law-related themes are often found at the core of works of literature, politics, and other fields. The Oxford Dictionary of American Legal Quotations is the most complete legal quotation dictionary ever published. It contains a comprehensive collection of the most famous passages from American judges and legal commentators as well as the wittiest sayings from literature, humor, motion pictures, and song lyrics relating to American law. Readers will even find a selection of "lawyer jokes". Containing over 3,500 quotations - many compiled here for the first time - the dictionary's coverage extends from the Mayflower Compact of 1620 to Clarence Thomas. America's most controversial legal issues, including abortion, censorship, affirmative action, sex discrimination, ethics, and civil rights, are reflected in quotations by famous Americans ranging from Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Clarence Darrow, Abraham Lincoln, Thurgood Marshall, and Sandra Day O'Connor to Herman Melville, Louis Auchincloss, H. L. Mencken, Joyce Carol Oates, Lenny Bruce, and Oliver Stone. A valuable reference for lawyers, law students, and legal scholars, The Oxford Dictionary of American Legal Quotations is also an outstanding source of information for general readers interested in American more

About Fred R. Shapiro

Fred R. Shapiro has been the assistant director of the Yale Law School Library since 1987 and is a Lecturer in Legal Research at Yale Law School. He has written widely on legal language and legal research, and is a consultant to the Oxford English more

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