Illinois Bar Journal

Articles on Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln, Campbell, and Rock

By Ron Spears
February
2021
Column
, Page 44
Three lawyers who wrestled with slavery, racism, and leadership.

Why Lincoln Still Matters

By Ron Spears
November
2020
Column
, Page 44
Notes from a Lincolnesque lawyer.

Lincoln’s Resiliency Résumé

By Ron Spears
August
2020
Column
, Page 44
The coping skills Lincoln gained from his many setbacks, failures, and dark times.

Lost Lincoln Real Estate Case Discovered

By Guy Fraker
May
2020
Column
, Page 42
Details of the case, which included prominent McLean County figures, had been lost due to a 1900 Bloomington courthouse fire.

Lincoln, Explainer of Things

By Ron Spears
February
2020
Column
, Page 44
Lincoln had a way of making complex topics easy to understand for judges and jurors.

When Goings Got Rough

By Ron Spears
August
2019
Column
, Page 48
The time when Lincoln allegedly told a thirsty client, on trial for murdering her husband, about the tasty water in Tennessee.

A Bridge Over Troubled Steamboats

By Ron Spears
May
2019
Column
, Page 44
Abraham Lincoln and his involvement in a case defending the first train bridge over the Mississippi River.

Lincoln’s Representation in Murder Cases

By George R. Dekle Sr.
February
2019
Column
, Page 44
Accused murderers who hired Abraham Lincoln had a fair chance of acquittal, but one was quickly executed after he was found guilty.

Abraham Lincoln and the Illinois Supreme Court

By John A. Lupton
January
2019
Column
, Page 46
Lincoln's appellate skills helped establish his reputation as a lawyer's lawyer.
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Shining Moonlight on Witness Testimony

By Ron Spears
August
2018
Column
, Page 46
The most intriguing part of Lincoln's famous almanac trial was his interest in science.

When Lincoln Learned What Not to Say

By Ron Spears
May
2018
Column
, Page 46
In the 1840s, Lincoln learned the hard way that bullying and belittling words can produce embarrassing, even dangerous, consequences.

Lincoln and Stanton: Incivility Meets Humility

By Ron Spears
February
2018
Column
, Page 44
Frontier-lawyer Lincoln responded to humiliating disrespect from co-counsel Edwin Stanton by working hard to improve - and by later making Stanton his Secretary of War.

Honest Abe on Lawyer Honesty

By Guy Fraker & J. Steven Beckett
November
2017
Column
, Page 48
When it came to "candor toward the tribunal," Honest Abe arguably failed to live up to his moniker if a legendary Lincoln story is true.

Are You a Lincoln Lawyer?

By Guy Fraker & J. Steven Beckett
August
2017
Column
, Page 44
In his "Notes for a Law Lecture," Lincoln left a blueprint for good lawyering. His advice is echoed in case law and the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct.

Lincoln’s ‘Matson Problem’

By Ron Spears & Roger Billings
May
2017
Column
, Page 46
Lincoln's decision to represent a slaveholder against slaves seeking their freedom is controversial to this day.

A New Look at Lawyer Lincoln

By Ron Spears
February
2017
Column
, Page 44
A new ISBA effort will generate articles and CLE about Lincoln's legal career and the lesson it can teach us.

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