private law

noun

Definition of private law

: a branch of law concerned with private persons, property, and relationships — compare public law

Examples of private law in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Koester noted in her systemwide message, sent on the 50th anniversary of Title IX, that Cal State had hired a private law firm to conduct a Title IX review. Colleen Shalby, Los Angeles Times, 27 June 2022 The latest development comes just one day after NPR reported that the city of Uvalde has hired a private law firm to help prevent the release of surveillance videos and bodycam footage from the incident. Steve Helling, PEOPLE.com, 20 June 2022 However, a recent letter from the city's lawyer, Cynthia Trevino, who works for the private law firm Denton Navarro Rocha Bernal & Zech, to Attorney General Ken Paxton explains why those requests have gone unanswered. Ariana Garcia, Chron, 17 June 2022 Mike Feuer’s office farmed out an inquiry into Mathis’ behavior to a private law firm, a move the critics said was also intended to keep the public in the dark. Paul Pringlestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2022 The lobbyist also requested details about potential insurance claims and a legal opinion produced by a private law firm hired by the city related to potential insurance claims. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Apr. 2022 Jackson attended Harvard University, served as a public defender, worked at a private law firm and was appointed as a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission in addition to her nine years on the federal bench. Mary Clare Jalonick And Mark Sherman, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Apr. 2022 Jackson attended Harvard University, served as a public defender, worked at a private law firm and was appointed as a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission in addition to her nine years on the federal bench. Mark Sherman, chicagotribune.com, 7 Apr. 2022 Jackson, 51, attended Harvard University, served as a public defender, worked at a private law firm, and was appointed as a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission in addition to her nine years on the federal bench. Essence, 7 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of private law

1773, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jul 2022

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“Private law.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/private%20law. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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private law

noun

Legal Definition of private law

: a branch of law concerned with private persons, property, and relationships — compare public law

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