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Introduction: Law Then and Now
The set of articles in this issue all focus, to one degree or another, on the conflicting tensions of continuity and change in the law.


Legal Lexiconography: A View From the Front Lines
Why the seventh through ninth editions of Black’s Law Dictionary (1999–2009) look so different from earlier editions.
Habeas Corpus Past and Present
Habeas corpus is first and foremost a symbol of this political creed. Only secondarily is it a legal procedure. It signifies that all persons are entitled to ...
28 U.S.C. § 1782 and the Evolution of International United States Courts
Over the past 65 years, under the auspices of 28 U.S.C. § 1782, American courts have become increasingly willing to allow foreign litigants to seek discovery within ...
The Rules Enabling Act of 1934 and the Rise of Federal Judicial Authority
In 1934, Congress passed the Rules Enabling Act, which granted the Supreme Court of the United States the authority to promulgate uniform rules of civil ...
Abraham Lincoln at the Bar
Abraham Lincoln once told his son Robert, "If you become a lawyer, you will probably make more money at it than I ever did, but you won’t have half the fun." A review of Abraham Lincoln the lawyer.
Law Practice from Abraham Lincoln to Now
How has the American legal system changed over the years?