- Dean Acheson (1893 - 1971): Topic Page
U.S. lawyer and statesman: secretary of state (1949-53) under President Truman.
- John Ashcroft (1942 - )
From The Columbia Encyclopedia
American political figure, b. Chicago, grad. Yale Univ. (B.A., 1964), Univ. of Chicago School of Law (J.D., 1967). A conservative Republican, Ashcroft was Missouri state auditor (1975–76) and attorney general (1976–85) before being twice elected to the post of governor (1985–93).
- William Jennings Bryan (1860 - 1925): Topic Page
Political leader and orator, born in Salem, Illinois, USA. After practising law, he was elected to the US House of Representatives (Democrat, 1891–5) and began to develop his reputation as the Great Commoner, using his oratorical skills on behalf of the causes of ordinary folk.
- Benjamin Cardozo (1870 - 1938): Topic Page
American jurist, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1932–38), b. New York City. Educated at Columbia Univ., he practiced law until he was elected (1913) to the New York supreme court. Cardozo was then appointed (1914) to the court of appeals, elected (1917) for a 14-year term, and elected (1927) chief judge of the court, which, largely through his influence, gained international fame.
- Ramsey Clark (1927 - ): Topic Page
Attorney general of the United States (1967–69), b. Dallas, Tex.; son of Tom Campbell Clark. Admitted to the bar in 1951, Ramsey Clark practiced law in Dallas.
- Clarence Darrow (1857 - 1938): Topic Page
US criminal defence lawyer; best known for his defence of the teaching of Darwin's theory of evolution in the Scopes trial.
- David Davis (1815 - 1886): Topic Page
American jurist, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1862–77), b. Cecil co., Md., grad. Kenyon College, 1832; cousin of Henry Winter Davis. In 1836 he settled as a lawyer in Bloomington, Ill., his home thereafter.
- Abe Fortas (1910 - 1982): Topic Page
Associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1965–69), b. Memphis, Tenn. After receiving his law degree from Yale in 1933, he taught there (1933–37) and also held a variety of government posts.
- Alberto Gonzales (1955 - )
from The Columbia Encyclopedia
American government official, b. San Antonio, Tex. After serving in the Air Force (1973–75), he attended the Air Force Academy and graduated from Rice Univ. (B.A., 1979) and Harvard Law School (J.D., 1982). He was in private practice in Texas until he was named general counsel to Texas governor George W. Bush in 1994.
- John Marshall Harlan (1833 - 1911): Topic Page
American jurist. As an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1877-1911) he was known for his outspoken dissenting opinions.
- Robert F. Kennedy (1925 - 1968): Topic Page
American politician who served as U.S. attorney general (1961-1964) during the presidency of his brother John F. Kennedy. He was elected to the Senate (1964) and was campaigning for the presidency when he was assassinated in Los Angeles.
- James Kent (1763 - 1847): Topic Page
American jurist, b. near Brewster, N.Y. He was admitted to the bar in 1785 and began practice in Poughkeepsie, N. Y. Active in the Federalist party, he served several terms in the New York legislature.
- Robert Lansing (1864 - 1928): Topic Page
U.S. Secretary of State (1915–20), b. Watertown, N.Y. An authority in the field of international law, he founded the American Journal of International Law in 1907 and remained an editor of it until his death.
- Michael Mukasey (1941 - )
From The Columbia Encyclopedia
American jurist, b. Bronx, N.Y., grad. Columbia (A.B., 1963), Yale Law School (LL.B., 1967). After being in private practice (1967–72), he was appointed assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York in 1972 and served (1975–76) as chief of its official corruption unit.
- Roscoe Pound (1870 - 1964): Topic Page
American jurist who was dean of Harvard Law School (1916-1936) and wrote several influential books, including The Spirit of the Common Law (1921).
- Janet Reno (1938 - )
From World of Criminal Justice
Janet Reno served as U.S. attorney general in President Bill Clinton’s administration, from February 1993 until January 2001. Reno, who became the first women to hold this office, previously served as a state prosecutor.
- Kenneth Starr (1946 - ): Topic Page
US attorney and judge. Starr's role as independent counsel in charge of the Whitewater investigation led to the impeachment of US president Bill Clinton on 19 December 1998, after Starr expanded his investigation in January 1998 to include allegations of an affair between President Clinton and White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
- Joseph Story (1779 - 1845): Topic Page
American jurist, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court (1811–45), b. Marblehead, Mass. Admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1801, he practiced law in Salem and was several times elected to the Massachusetts legislature.