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The Founding Lawyers and America's Quest for Justice

ISBN: 978 0933067233

20 December 2010

American lawyers enjoy a much more prominent and respected position in society than their English counterparts. This may be because the legal foundations of the United States define the country’s very identity: children are taught details of the Constitution in class, politicians quote the Declaration of Independence on television, and the phrase “I know my rights” only sounds natural coming from an American. The Founding Lawyers and America’s Quest for Justice goes some way towards explaining why this is.

The book is a fascinating hybrid: part historical overview of American constitutional law, part treatise on access to justice. Author and litigator Stuart M Speiser’s main point is that the American Constitution has been so successful precisely because lawyers were central to its creation. He firmly believes that the work of lawyer-statesmen is at the core of America’s ascendancy.

Having chronicled the establishment of the Constitution and explained its on...

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