private law


Definition of private law

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Amy Donofrio is working with the Southern Poverty Law Center and a private law firm to sue Duval Public County Schools, according to a press release from the Law Center. Garfield Hylton,, "Florida teacher disciplined for hanging ‘Black Lives Matter’ flag sues school district," 16 Apr. 2021 This debate underlying the bill was never resolved, with sides citing the attorney general, a private law firm and the State Board of Accounts in attempts to prove their point. Ethan May, The Indianapolis Star, "Bill threatening IndyGo bus rapid transit dies in the House," 7 Apr. 2021 DiRosa established his private law practice after earning a law degree at Loyola University in 1950. John Pope,, "Louis DiRosa, New Orleans judge for 29 years, dies at 94," 1 Jan. 2021 The Khan of Madiganistan made a fortune in his private law practice as a property tax reduction attorney. John Kass,, "Column: With Madigan gone, can Illinois afford a Munchkin moment?," 20 Feb. 2021 Murell works for the Unglesby law firm, which for a time partnered with Williams' private law firm. Ramon Antonio Vargas,, "Dan Bright, once freed from death row, pleads attempted murder charge down to misdemeanor," 15 Jan. 2021 Isaak left the governor’s office in early March and returned to private law practice. oregonlive, "Outside lawyer finds former public records advocate’s allegations against Oregon governor’s former top lawyer ‘unsubstantiated’," 24 Dec. 2020 Doug Emhoff, the husband of Sen. Kamala Harris, is making plans to leave his private law practice by January to move into his presumptive new role at the White House. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Harris's husband Doug Emhoff to quit law firm and focus on White House role come January," 11 Nov. 2020 Schmidt later became an assistant city attorney in Bridgeport from 2007 through 2016 before joining a private law firm in Stamford. Christopher Keating,, "Lawmakers mourning passing of Ed Schmidt, former counsel to three House Speakers and chief of staff to Norwalk mayor," 6 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of private law

1773, in the meaning defined above

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18 Apr 2021

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“Private law.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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

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