History Since 1875
November 17, 2014
A Critique of Harry J. Lambethâ€™s Practicing Law in 1878
In the article Practicing Law in 1878, Harry J. Lambeth describes the life of the lawyer from the Gilded Age. The Gilded Age was a period in time in which economic growth generated vast wealth, and politicians were mostly corrupt and often inadequate. He presents this story in the form of an article in which he shares his arguments and analysis as a lawyer. This critique will review Lambethâ€™s article. Also, this critique will evaluate the quality of Lambethâ€™s writing and focus on any areas of weakness or strengths within the article.
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Due to the lack of education, from my interpretation of the article, many lawyers were often harshly criticized and the center of attention among many well established newspapers across the country.
Accordingly, many states all over America started forming their own state bar associations. Each state set into motion their own educational guidelines for permitting a person to practice law. This was done to ensure that lawyers would be well educated before trying their hand at settling any disputes. For example, 3â€The Bar of the City of New York led the way in 1870, marking a decisive change in the rigorous scrutiny of qualifications for membership, listing its objectives â€œto maintain the honor and dignity of the professions,â€ to promote â€œthe due administration of justice,â€ and â€œto cultivate social relations among its members.â€ The body of Lambethâ€™s article is still going strong. His detailed information on law education was quite extensive.
In short, Lambethâ€™s article was a consistently strong piece of work; although, a conclusion was absent at the end of the article. Also, Lambethâ€™s abstract was inconclusive. In his abstract, Lambeth foretold that he would discuss the Supreme Courtâ€™s rejection of Myra Bradwellâ€™s suit for admission to the Illinois State Bar; however, I did not find any mention of Myra Bradwell throughout the entire article. Other than these two flaws, Lambethâ€™s article was very enjoyable to read. From Lambethâ€™s article I was able to conclude that Lambeth was skilled in conveying information in a very...