About the blog: The purpose of this blog is explained here.  I noted in my “blog stats” that some people arrive here by searching “what is a natural lawyer” in internet search engines.  Since I didn’t really have a response to that before, I’ll add one now. 

Natural law theory is a basic theory of law that rests on transcendent norms.  (I posted on this here and here.)  The easy and simple example is that set forth in the Nuremberg trials after WWII.  The Nazi soldiers posited the defense “we were just following orders” but were nevertheless found guilty of war crimes on the basis that there was a higher law than the German law to which the Nazi soldiers were obligated (i.e., murder of innocents cannot be permitted and must be punished).  That “higher law” to which all human laws must aspire is the Natural Law.  A “natural lawyer” is simply a person who believes in natural law theory.  I don’t think the term is limited to lawyers, but I suppose lawyers are more likely to use the term for themselves. 

About me: I am a lawyer, educated at a big law school and trained in a couple of large national law firms (not that those facts in themselves make my arguments any more or less valid). 

Because I went to a big law school, I am familiar with the forces of political correctness and with creative arguments and worldviews.  This blog is not intended to be limited to people with any particular worldview, so I look forward to open and uninhibited debate, with civility of course.

12 Responses to “About”

  1. Alan Thorne Says:

    Hi Naturallawyer

    I enjoyed reading your posts (and others) on the Obama video. I live in England, UK.

    This coming Thursday, I will be taking part in a formal debate at the London School of Economics, LSE, as a result of last week’s innocent pro-life display table… well, take a look

    http://thebeaveronline.co.uk/2009/01/su-official-condemns-pro-life-campaigning-on-houghton-st.html

    That’s me holding the baby! For my version of events, see my blog via our website! This has caused quite a stir at this famous establishment.

    I would value any thoughts that you may have on this. I have debated at university in the past but our main focus and work is the public communication of a compassionate pro-life message. And training others to do the same.

    We have had some interest from the US and we hope someone will soon start one of our display tables
    there. It appears that US pro-lifers are asking what can be done post election. It’s similar to pro-lifers’ mood of despondancy in the UK following the disasterous attempts to modify the abortion law last year. I have an article on our website – New Strategy For Pro-lifers see…

    http://www.created4life.org/articles_free_to_publish.html

    We are a tiny not-for-profit organisation but with good ideas and methods. Please think of ways you could help us grow. We’re considering coming to US and Canada but only if worthwhile. Again, your thoughts please…

    Thanks,

    Alan Thorne
    Director, Created4Life
    +44 (0)7865091155
    Skype Name: vfrajt

  2. thenaturallawyer Says:

    Alan: thanks for that other tip (which I deleted for obvious reasons); apparently it may take two days to be rid of the problem, but hopefully that goes well…

    Interesting stuff at those links. Amazing that people that call themselves “liberal” want to kill free speech.

    “If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the process of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence.”
    Justice Louis D. Brandeis
    (1856-1941) US Supreme Court Justice
    Whitney v. California, 1927

    If they disagree, they should set up their own table near yours, not impose some sort of gag rule!

  3. Alan Thorne Says:

    Naturallawyer

    thank you for your comments and the useful quote.

    I’ll let you know how the debate goes on Thursday!

  4. thenaturallawyer Says:

    Yes, please do. What do you think of the United States Supreme Court’s descriptions of D&E and partial birth abortion (my most recent post)? I think the Court’s description speaks for itself, before it even gets to the argument section of the case.

  5. Alan Thorne Says:

    Hi,
    I am wondering how to contact you, apart from via your blog? Please let me know.

    We are making progress at the London School of Economics. Thanks for your help.

    Kind regards,
    Alan


  6. Just found your blog, like it, have linked to it, will visit it!

    Vee

  7. thenaturallawyer Says:

    Thanks for the kind word. Hope you continue to enjoy it.


  8. Hey – just found your blog via Google alerts! Good stuff.

    I’m a Christian lawyer in Pennsylvania, author of “The Believer’s Guide to Legal Issues” (2008, Living Ink Books). I’ve added you to my blogroll at my blawg, The Believer’s Guide to Legal Issues – – – please check it out, and consider adding a link!

    Steve

  9. thenaturallawyer Says:

    Stephen: thanks; I like your blog as well. Re your review of “Faith and Law” (which looks like a really interesting book), I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Bob Cochran a couple of times; he’s a really cool guy, and good conversationalist. Looks worth a read.


  10. Hey, Natural Lawyer, thanks for adding me to your blogroll.

    Peace and blessings to you.

    Steve


  11. […] The Natural Lawyer offered provocative and fundamental challenges, which I will likely take several posts to even […]

  12. okacies Says:

    Hi,
    I will like your opinion as a Christian on the consequences of future interpretation of the US constitution on Christians.
    Please contact me on: Kelechi.okoroafor@yahoo.com
    Thanks!


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