"When the state is most corrupt, the laws are most abundant."



"I think we may class the lawyer in the natural history of monsters."

John Keats


"Law is no more made by lawyers than language by grammarians. Law is the natural moral product of a people….The persistent customs of a people…the persistent customs of a nation, springing organically from its past and present. Even statute law lives in the general consensus of the people."

Savigny (1779-1861)


"When there is a rift in the lute, the business of the lawyer is to widen the rift and gather the loot."

Arthur Garfield Hays (President & Lawyer)


"Lawyers and physicians are an ill provision for any country."

Michel de Montaigne


"Law never change….

Always stay same.

Maybe its hard,

But proper one for all people.


Not like White European law….

Always changing

If you don’t like it,

You can change.

Aboriginal law never change.

Old people tell us,

"You got to keep it. It always stays."

Big Bill Neidjie (Australian Aboriginal Chief)


"Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny."

Edmund Burke


"An excess of law inescapably weakens the rule of law."

Lawrence H. Tribe


"Unjust laws exist; shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?....If the injustice is part of the necessary friction of the machine of government, let it go, let it go; perchance it will wear smooth....but if it is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. Let your life be a counter-friction to stop the machine. What I have to do is to see, at any rate, that I do not lend myself to the wrong which I condemn."

-Henry David Thoreau


Book: "Beyond All Reason: The Radical Assault on Truth in American Law" by Daniel A. Farber & Suzanna Sherry

Book: "The Litigation Explosion" by Walter K. Olson

Book: "The Oxford Companion to American Law" Ed. by Kermit L. Hall et al.

Book: "The Case Against Lawyers" by Catherine Crier

Book: "The Moral Compass of the American Lawyer" by C.M. Langford & R. Zitrin

© 2001



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