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Did You Know?

by David Erickson

Restricting law practice, 1860.
By Dave Erickson, CBA Historian

Prior to statehood, a series of provisional laws and joint resolutions were passed by the General Assembly of Jefferson Territory. A meeting was held in Denver during December 1859 and January 1860.

Among those provisional laws was the following restriction on the practice of law: "CHAPTER X, Attorneys and Counselors, Sec. 54: Any white male citizen of the United States who is actually an inhabitant of this territory, and who shall by examination, satisfy the court, that he is of good moral character, may by such court be permitted to practice in all the district courts of the territory upon taking the usual oath of office."

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