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Lawyers Then and Now : An Australian Legal Miscellany - Keith Mason

Lawyers Then and Now

An Australian Legal Miscellany

Hardcover Published: 23rd November 2012
ISBN: 9781862878907
Number Of Pages: 288

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This book, loosely modelled on Robert Megarry’s Miscellany at Law, presents thematically true stories drawn from the spread of Australian legal history and case law. Discover:

who was Australia’s youngest judge instances of extreme rudeness in court and between judges which judges served the longest and shortest terms in office the barriers facing women who wanted to practise law and when they were scaled which judge was tried and acquitted of murder and which law officer was convicted of murder and sentenced to hang and, learn about humor of all sorts in the profession as well as amusing aspects of Australian law’s interface with religion, art, sport, gambling and literature.

Lawyers Then and Now focuses on the quirkiness of the law and the humanity of the people of the law. Highlighted are the recurring constancies and changes in our legal culture with concentration on aspects of legal culture that are accepted in one generation and condemned in another. The book’s final chapter Fallible All recapitulates the theme that lawyers are far from perfect even as (most of them) struggle to perform at their best. Old Law, New Law: A Second Australian Legal Miscellany follows this volume. Please click to view details.

Industry Reviews

"Mason carries the book well, with charming wit and erudition. … This book exceeds expectations in almost every respect and will delight most lawyers who love the endearing absurdities of the profession." Read full review... - Joseph Sampson, Law Society Journal, May 2013

Part One: Beginnings Beginnings

Part Two: People of the Law Just FolksSquabbling JuristsJudicial Appointments and DisappointmentsJudicial ShenanigansJudges: The Good, the Bad and the SackedLawyers with AttitudeLayfolk in the LawLegal and Judicial Academics

Part Three: Law and the Wider World Literature and the LawLaw and the ArtistLaw and ReligionLaw and Sports

Part Four: Epilogue Fallible all Bibliography/ Table of Cases/ Table of Names/ Index

ISBN: 9781862878907
ISBN-10: 1862878900
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 23rd November 2012
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 16.0  x 3.05
Weight (kg): 0.57