Not So Great Moments in Trial Advocacy: Clement Vallandigham

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The subject of this comment is "The Lawyer as Hero." Being the contrarian that I am, I thought I would present the story of someone who I do not consider to have been a hero—Clement L. Vallandigham. History has not been kind to him. I am sure those of you who do remember his name think of him as a traitor and a rascal—a loathsome individual. But to some, and for a time, he was a hero and a champion in court. This just goes to show that one person's hero is another person's goat.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)185-207
JournalWidener Law Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003


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