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Lawyers and Poetry

Arthur Kramer

New York

We learned about Arthur Kramer by way of J. Wesley Miller's introductory essay on "Legal Poetry" which appears in Ina Russelle Warren (ed.), The Lawyer's Alcove: Poems by the Lawyer, for the Lawyer and about the Lawyer i-xii, ix (Buffalo, New York: William S. Hein & Co., reprint ed., 1990)(New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1900).

Several of Kramer's poems appear in the Perceival E. Jackson legal verse anthology, Justice and the Law. (The poems in the anthology include: "Ballade of Bliss" (p.60); "Lines Written by a Law Student" and "Lines Written on the Flyleaf" (p. 64); "Homily for Trial Lawyers" (p. 101); "The Old Timer" (p. 179); "In Witness Thereof" (p. 403), and "Perpetuities" (p. 473). Percival E. Jackson (ed.), Justice and The Law: An Anthology of Legal Poetry and Verse (Charlottesville, Virginia: The Michie Co., 1960).

We have also located the following Arthur Kramer poems:

"Note on a Footnote," 4 Law. Guild Rev. 23 (1944)

"Or To Put It Another Way," 4 Law. Guild Rev. 34 (1944)

"A Prayer for the Bench," 30 A.B.A. J. 177 (March, 1944)(reprinted in 61 S. African L.J. 350 (1944)

"Sad Judicial Reflection," 28 A.B.A. J. 577 (1942)

"The Judge Perplexed," "The Judge Disappointed," & "The Judge Triumphant," 60 A.B.A. J. 988 (1974)

"Lines Written After a Tour Through the Biographical Sectioi of the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory," 56 A.B.A. J. 438 (1970)

"The Inflamed Discipline" (On Seeing an eminent Judge in the Bar Association's library on a warm Saturday afternoon), in Franklin P. Adams, Innocent Merriment: An Anthology of Light Verse 101-102 (New York: Garden City Publ. Co., 1945)

We have some reason to believe that Kramer attended Columbia Law School--he served on the Columbia Law Review in 1924-25--and practiced law in New York City. There is some possibility that he was the writer and playwright, Larry Kramer's brother.