private law


Definition of private law

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

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According to the American Bar Association, women made up 22.7 percent of partners in private law firms. al, "Women outnumber men for first time in first-year class at UA law school," 23 Aug. 2019 Lewandowski worked a few years with private law firms but has spent most of his legal career working for the ethics agency on projects attracting little public notice. Jon Lender,, "Jon Lender: New state ethics director chosen for shrinking watchdog agency," 25 July 2019 Garza had a successful private law practice and spent his leisure time getting his golf handicap into the single digits, his family told the Chronicle in 2017. Natalie Weber, Houston Chronicle, "Man sentenced in fatal shooting of Houston attorney in disabled parking spot dispute," 1 Aug. 2019 Under the agreement, Homeland Security is also required to pay $40,000 in lawyer fees to the ACLU and a private law firm — Covington & Burling — that represented the nine passengers. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "Customs officers barred from randomly checking papers on domestic flights," 11 July 2019 Before joining the Obama administration, Fabian worked for the private law firm Kirkland & Ellis. Author: Meagan Flynn, Anchorage Daily News, "Department of Justice lawyer defends herself over viral video about providing soap, toothbrushes to migrants," 26 June 2019 The district hired a private law firm to handle the employment dispute as well as the investigation into the possible financial impropriety, according to Wolff. Jill Tucker,, "Oakland schools whistle-blower gets job back, but pursues complaint," 25 June 2019 That's what this whole fight was about—the culmination of thirty-years war to codify private law for the few. Maya Singer, Vogue, "Who's Up For Burning It All Down?," 6 Oct. 2018 Some justices have arrived at the Supreme Court with more significant income earned during their time at private law firms, including Chief Justice John Roberts. Peter Nicholas, WSJ, "Disclosures Show Modest Finances for Supreme Court Nominee," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of private law

1773, in the meaning defined above

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Legal Definition of private law

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

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