Negotiation|United States

Lincoln's Lessons for Lawyers

The interest in Abraham Lincoln sparked by the recent release of Spielberg’s film prompts a reminder of Tom Stipanowich’s recent article, in the ABA’s Dispute Resolution magazine, on Lincoln as a counsellor and negotiator. 

Lincoln’s oft-quoted advice, “discourage litigation,” becomes far more than an adage when one considers real-life instances of his actually doing so, prompted solely by his concern for the welfare of his clients.  Stipanowich demonstrates that Lincoln urged negotiated settlement for no reason other than to obtain the best results for his clients.

Stipanowich continues to work on a larger project addressing this topic.  In the meanwhile, his shorter article may be downloaded here.

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