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Honest Abe Does It Again: Words to Practice (And Live) By

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Just when you think you've heard everything about Abraham Lincoln to inspire and admire, along comes another. At the recent 5th Annual ADR Conference (M.C.L.E.), attendees received a handout from Hon. Dennis J. Curran and Emma Kingdon called "Abraham Lincoln and ADR". At the front end of this fascinating little synopsis about Pres. Lincoln's legal career, appeared the following:

"Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often the real loser-in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough."

Abraham Lincoln (1850); Notes for a Law Lecture, in 2 ROY P. BASLER, COLLECTED WORKS OF ABRAHAM LINCLON, 81 (Rutgers Univ. Press 1953).

Every lawyer should read Judge Curran and Ms. Kingdon’s little gem, and every person who participates in mediation, conciliation, arbitration and principled negotiation should, too. They will find it self-affirming, in some cases perhaps self-correcting.

Mostly, the man could sure speak.



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