Lessons Learned from Lincoln Shape Civility, Professional Conduct

Friday, January 26, 2024

Thomas Wilkinson was quoted in a Pennsylvania Bar News article discussing Abraham Lincoln’s career as a lawyer and politician, highlighting his influence on shaping the ethics, standards, and civility in the legal profession. “One thing you will learn if you study Lincoln as a lawyer is that he actually tried something in excess of 5,100 cases, which is just a staggering number, just incredible,” said Tom. “Lincoln developed a reputation as an outstanding trial lawyer and appellate oral advocate. He also was well regarded for his honesty, storytelling, humor, integrity and hard work. That’s how the sobriquet of Honest Abe developed, and it served him well as he became more and more politically active.”

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