Illinois Bar Journal

Articles on Legal History

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.

“Freedom” for African Americans in Antebellum Illinois

By James W. Hilliard
August
2018
Cover Story
Page 30
To fully appreciate how far Illinois has progressed from its frontier beginnings, consider that antebellum Illinois was a free state in name only.

Law and Order in Illinois’ Early Years

By John A. Lupton
August
2018
Cover Story
Page 34
After inheriting French and English legal customs in 1818, Illinois cobbled together its own legal framework as the state grew and grew.

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.

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