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At the Bar: The Passions and Peccadilloes of American Lawyers Hardcover – April, 1995


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: San Val (April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1417718374
  • ISBN-13: 978-1417718375
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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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.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

David Margolick is a long-time contributing editor at Vanity Fair. He has held similar posts at Newsweek and Portfolio. For fifteen years he was a legal affairs correspondent for the New York Times, for which, among many other assignments, he covered the trial of O.J. Simpson. "Dreadful: The Short Life and Gay Times of John Horne Burns" originated in a conversation he had more than forty years ago while a student at Loomis, a prep school in Connecticut, and involved extensive conversations with Burns's former students as well as a review of his remarkable wartime correspondence.
Margolick's prior books include "Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock," a study of the iconic photograph taken outside Little Rock Central High School during the desegregation crisis of 1957 (Yale University Press); "Beyond Glory: Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling, and a World on the Brink" (Knopf); and "Strange Fruit: The Biography of a Song." (Harper Collins). In addition, for Kindle Singles he has written "A Predator Priest." He is now working on a study of Sid Caesar and the seminal television comedy program "Your Show of Shows" for Nextbook/Schocken.

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Format: Paperback
David Margolick wrote "At the Bar," a weekly column for the New York Times from the late 1980s through the mid 1990s. Each column explored a new and interesting facet of the current legal world. This book is a compilation of the best of those columns (representing about a third of all the columns written) with addenda updating the columns where appropriate. Margolick deals with a wide variety of topics including: lawyers' use of language, dramatic changes in the culture of corporate law practice over the past fifteen years, legal ethics, women in the law, law schools, etc. Most importantly, the columns as a whole offer a light and humorous way to learn about the different aspects of the law.
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By Dana Marks on September 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
This entertaining book is like eating pistachios: you just can't stop with one column! Margolick's compendium of selections from his weekly New York Times columns demostrates once again his droll and brave take on legal matters of all stripes. A perfect gift for law students & lawyers!
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