Practicing Law in Frontier California / Edition 1by Gordon Morris Bakken
Pub. Date: 03/01/2006
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
In Practicing Law in Frontier California Gordon Morris Bakken combines collective biography with an analysis of the function of the bar in a rapidly changing socioeconomic setting. Drawing on manuscript collections, Bakken considers hundreds of men and women who came to California to practice law during the gold rush and later, their reasons for coming, their training, and their usefulness to clients during a period of rapid population growth and social turmoil. He shows how law practice changed over the decades with the establishment of large firms and bar associations, how the state's boom-and-bust economy made debt collection the lawyer's bread and butter, and how personal injury and criminal cases and questions of property rights were handled. In Bakken's book frontier lawyers become complex human beings, contributing to and protecting the social and economic fabric of society, expanding their public roles even as their professional expertise becomes more narrowly specialized.
Gordon Morris Bakken is a professor of history at California State University, Fullerton. His books include The Development of Law on the Rocky Mountain Frontier, 1850-1912 (1983), and his articles have appeared in the American Journal of Legal History and other publications.
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