A Classic Case of Legal Malpractice Litigation Niven, George W., Defendant. Sampson, William, Reporter. The Case of George W. Niven, Esq. Charged with Mal-practices, and Suspended by Order of the Court of Common Pleas, of the City of New-York, Containing Much Curious Matter, Ingenuous Argument, and Eloquent Discourse, Equally Interesting to Counsellors and Clients, To the Safety of the Public, and the Honor and Dignity of a Learned Profession. Originally published: New York: Van Pelt & Spear, 1822. vii, 95 pp. Reprinted 2011 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. With a New Introduction by Michael Hoeflich, John H. & John M. Kane Professor of Law, University of Kansas School of Law. ISBN-13: 9781616190255; ISBN-10: 1616190256. Hardcover. New. $39.95 * "An Important Document in the Legal, Literary and Social History of the United States" --Michael Hoeflich, Introduction, vi. George W. Niven was a lawyer and con-man who cheated his victims, all incarcerated prostitutes, pickpockets and other petty criminals. Since it involved a corrupt lawyer, criminals and venal jailors, his trial was a perfect subject for a trial report, one of the most popular genres of antebellum literature. This trial, frequently cited in later histories of American law, is equally important as an early source for the history of legal malpractice litigation in the U.S. and its description of the practice of a lawyer at the margins of the profession. The affidavits of Niven's victims also provide a great deal of vital information about the daily lives of prisoners in the early decades of the Republic. William Sampson [1764-1836] was an Irish rights activist whose part in the Uprising of 1798 led to his relocation to New York, where he engaged in a successful law career.
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