At The Bar

At The Bar

by David Margolick, Elliott Banfield
     
 

Every Friday for seven years, David Margolick has examined the American fascination with the culture of law and lawyering in his New York Times column, "At the Bar." Here are the best of his observations on the lawyer's trade -- from its noblest moments to its greatest blunders. From profiles of distinguished or notorious legal professionals to… See more details below

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Every Friday for seven years, David Margolick has examined the American fascination with the culture of law and lawyering in his New York Times column, "At the Bar." Here are the best of his observations on the lawyer's trade -- from its noblest moments to its greatest blunders. From profiles of distinguished or notorious legal professionals to provocative explorations of legal ethics and observations on the changing legal profession, this collection is an entertaining must-read for anyone interested in the folkways of modern American law, put forth with wit, rigor, and insight by one of the nation's foremost legal commentators.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
From 1987 to 1994, Margolick, a lawyer turned reporter, explored the American legal system for the New York Times from just about every angle. This he did with considerable skill, wit and an elegant turn of phrase that bordered ever so slightly on preciosity. These legal brief-length pieces focus less on the gliterati of the legal world (although, yes, the ubiquitous Alan Dershowitz is here) and more on the unusual: an overlooked nugget of trivia, a question of ethics.

The collection includes 120 of Margolick's best weekly efforts and several new essays. Arranging the collection anachronistically into 12 chapters with headings such as "The Feminization of the Law'' allows the reader to place chronologically isolated columns into a wider, social context. The increase in the number of women partners at big firms, for example, is noted in a 1988 profile, and again in 1992. Nearly all of the pieces entertain, especially selections from the "Nooks and Crannies'' chapter.

At the Bar is the perfect reading companion for those who by circumstance, or desire, have short attention spans, or just a plain lust for the law. Illustrated. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671887872
Publisher:
Touchstone
Publication date:
04/24/1995
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
0.75(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)

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