Legal Briefs

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"If laws could speak for themselves they would complain of the lawyers." —Sir George Savile
  • Did you know that—
    • It's unlawful to doze off under a hairdryer in Florida?
    • Cats are not allowed on a bus in Seattle if a dog is already on board?
  • Would you like to know—
    • How many lawyers are there? How much do they earn?
    • Where are you most likely to be sued?
    • What do double jeopardy, hearsay, and pro bono mean?
  • Who said—
    • "If you laid all our laws end to end, there would be no end."
    • "Laws are like sausages. It's better not to see them being made."
For lawyers, law students, and anyone else who can't escape the long arm of the law, this entertaining volume includes hundreds of intriguing facts and anecdotes about a profession we all love to hate. Organized by topic, here are scores of brief entries, informative lists, witty quotations, and fascinating sidebars on every aspect of jurisprudence. From malpractice to Miranda, acquittal to voir dire, Legal Briefs is sure to amuse, instruct, and perhaps even alarm you about the state of the legal profession today.

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Unnecessary Laws in the United States
How Many Lawyers Are There? And Other Legal Trivia

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About the author (1995)

MICHAEL D. SHOOK is the author of numerous popular reference books, including By Any Other Name and It's About Time.

JEFFREY D. MEYER is an associate with Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff.

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