law·​yer·​ing | \ ˈlȯ-yə-riŋ How to pronounce lawyering (audio) , ˈlȯi-ə- \

Definition of lawyering

often disparaging
: the profession or work of a lawyer

Examples of lawyering in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Will any of this creative lawyering lead to success? Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Who pays for the pandemic when insurance companies refuse?," 14 May 2020 In Louisiana, at the time of the civil rights movement, lawyering was really thin and Richard was a major player. Chevel Johnson,, "Richard Barry Sobol, attorney who fought for civil rights in Louisiana has died," 16 Apr. 2020 In fact, the federal death penalty is arbitrary, racially-biased, and rife with poor lawyering and junk science. Mark Berman, Washington Post, "Justice Department plans to restart capital punishment after long hiatus," 25 July 2019 Years ago, after much lawyering, Epstein pleaded guilty to state charges of solicitation of prostitution from a minor. John Kass,, "Column: Labor Secretary Alex Acosta should resign over the Jeffrey Epstein deal," 12 July 2019 For years, Haynes lobbed appeals based on claims of bad lawyering earlier in his case – at one point even winning a last-minute stay when the Supreme Court called off his execution in 2017, hours before he was slated to die. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Houston cop killer Anthony Haynes loses federal appeal over bad lawyering claims," 8 May 2018 No, there is more to the demise of unions than K-street lawyering. Michael Hicks, Indianapolis Star, "Hicks: Ruling against public-sector unions makes us freer," 1 July 2018 Paul and Ed: Blessed with the best formal educations of any of the characters, Madigan’s tutoring Paul and Phillips’ lawyering Ed are two sides of the same coin. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Born Yesterday' heroine calls her own shots in American Players Theatre remake," 26 June 2018 Still able to do enough crypto deals thanks to clever lawyering. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Why are big VCs opening up crypto funds?," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of lawyering

1676, in the meaning defined above

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“Lawyering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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Legal Definition of lawyering

: the profession or work of a lawyer

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