By Francis L. Wellman

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This is in no feel a legislation ebook. the final reader cares little for legal professionals and their dry principles of legislations, or the prosaic kinds of perform and strategy in our courts. everyone, even though, is attracted to the drama of an exceptional trial, the place the valuables, recognition, liberty, or lifetime of a person is frequently at stake. This has been strikingly exemplified lately by means of the good curiosity taken within the trial of Madame Steinheil in France, bills of that have been released in all of the best newspapers of the world.

The Tichborne case, the Beecher trial, the Parnell inquiry, the Dreyfus case, and numerous others are nonetheless clean within the reminiscence as additional illustrations of the in demanding curiosity taken in the course of the civilized international in arriving on the fact or falsity of any vital felony controversy.

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It is a part of the advocate's charm which endears him to his hearers and often slurs over and makes amends for glaring defects in his arguments. Thomas Jefferson was a striking example of a great lawyer who was obliged to become an office lawyer because he had a voice so weak and husky that he could not succeed as an advocate. John T. , in his life of Jefferson, says that the weakness of Jefferson's voice, more than any other thing, prevented him from becoming successful in trial work. Henry Clay, on the other hand, was a great advocate, one of the chief reasons being that he had a voice that was marvellously musical and of rare power.

It is his sense of right, his indignation of the wrong, enlisted in the cause he is advocating, making themselves visible even on his face, uttering their own natural and appropriate guage, that kindles sympathy lan- in the minds of the audience. An advocate needs also undaunted courage and resolute energy in attack or defence. fidence and unflinching firmness. to concentrate He needs self-conHe needs the ability his whole mind on the matter imme- diately before him, and above all, he needs the power of clearness and simplicity of expression.

It has often been said that the quality that wins more clients than eloquence is integrity, and that "integrity without genius is better than genius without integrity," that" honesty is wisdom as well as virtue" equally in the profession of the advocate as in all other pursuits.

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