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Date Published

July 14, 2017


Mecklenburg County Bar


Ethics, Practice Management


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Abraham Lincoln practiced law in Illinois for almost 25 years before becoming our 16th President. He lived in a rural area and taught himself the law over a three-year period in the 1830s, using borrowed legal books. Upon becoming licensed to practice in Illinois, Lincoln formed a partnership in Springfield with the attorney who had encouraged him and loaned him the books, ultimately forming three law partnerships over the course of his legal career. Lincoln was an accomplished trial lawyer whose representation included the prosecution and defense of accused murderers, a variety of civil matters, and the defense of a fugitive slave. Judge Diaz will share some of Lincoln’s many timeless ethics lessons, which have been preserved in historical documents. The views and opinions are not necessarily those of the 26th Judicial District Bar.

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Hon. Albert Diaz

Judge Albert Diaz has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit since 2010 and is a member of the... Read More

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What Would Lincoln Do? - Video
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