Strangers to Us All

Lawyers and Poetry

The World's Lawyer Poets


Andon Zako Cajupi
poet, translator, lawyer; born March 27, 1866 in Sheper, South Albania; patriot in the war with the Turks; died July 11, 1930 in Cairo, Egypt.


Bernardo Vera y Pintado
lawyer, poet, author, journalist, playwright

Vicente López y Planes
statesman, poet, jurist [Wikipedia]

Juan María Gutiérrez
[See: S.H. Steinberg (ed.), Cassell's Encyclopaedia of World Literature (New York: William Morrow and Co., 1973)(rev. & enl., J. Buchanan-Brown); Philip Ward (ed.), The Oxford Companion to Spanish Literature (Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, Clarendon Press, 1978); Malcolm Bradbury, Eric Mottram, & Jean Franco, "American Literature," in The Penguin Companion to World Literature (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1971)]

Migue Esteves Sagui

Pastor Senando Obligado

Belisario Roldan
lawyer, author, poet, playwright

Macedonio Fernández
(1874-1952) [Wikipedia]

José de Jesús Esteves
José Esteves was born in Aguadilla. He was a lawyer and served as a municipal court judge. He wrote three books of poetry: Versos y Plumas (Verses and Pens), Crisálidas, and Rosal de Amor (Rose of Love). He died in New York. [Wikipedia]

Bernardo Canal Jeijóo

Ernesto Enrique Sammartino
(1902- )

Luís Seoane
lawyer, painter, illustrator, magazine founder and director, poet, and writer [Wikipedia]

Rafael Antonio Bielsa
(1953- ) [Wikipedia]

Silvina Castellano
Lawyer, prize-winning poet, and writer [Silvina Castellano]


Paulo Nzambi


Michael Massey Robinson
(1744-1826) [Wikipedia]

Barron Field
Barron Field was born October 23, 1786. He became Supreme Court Judge, in Sydney, in February 1817. Field published one of the first books of poetry in Australia in 1819. (Other relevant works include: Barron Field's Memoirs of Wordsworth (Geoffrey Little ed.)(Sydney: Sydney University Press for the Australian Academy of the Humanities, 1975); Barron Field, First Fruits of Australian Poetry (Sydney: priv. printing, 1819); Barron Field (ed.), Geographical Memoirs on New South Wales (London: John Murray, 1825). Field was an amateur naturalist. [Poetry: The Kangaroo] [Wikipedia]

William Charles Wentworth
["Australasia"] [Wikipedia]

Gustavus A. Wicksteed
(1799- )

William à Beckett
(1806-1869) [William à Beckett]

James Lionel Michael
[James Lionel Michael] [See generally, J. S. Moore, The Life and Genius of James Lionel Michael (1868)] [Wikipedia]

Daniel Henry Deniehy
(1828- )
[Life and Speeches of Daniel Henry Deniehy] [Daniel Deniehy]

Andrew Inglis Clark
(1848–1907) [Andrew Inglis Clark]

Andrew Barton (Banjo) Paterson
(1864-1941) [Short History of A.B. (Banjo) Paterson] [Wikipedia]

Bernard Patrick O'Dowd
Bernard O'Dowd was born in Beaufort, Victoria on April 11, 1866 of Irish parents. He was educated in Victorian State school and obtained his B.A. and his law degree from Melbourne University. O'Dowd was an opponent of Federation and many of his satirical poems reflect his opposition. He was a journalist, public servant and for many years worked with the Victorian Supreme Court as a Librarian while maintaining his involvement in literature and politics. O'Dowd's collections of poetry include: Dawnward? (Sydney, 1903), reprinted in A Southern Garland (Sydney, 1904); The Silent Land, and Other Verses (Melbourne, 1906); The Poems of Bernard O'Dowd (Melbourne: Lothian. 1941). Reference sources: Hugh Anderson, Bernard O'Dowd (New York, 1968); Hugh Anderson, The Tocsin: Contesting the Constitution; 1897-1901 (includes poetry and prose by O'Dowd); W.H. Wilde, Three Radicals: Australian Writers and Their Work 20-28 (Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1969) [Selected Poems] [Poem: Australia] [Poems: Love's Substitute and Our Duty]

Robert Randolph Garran
Robert Garran was born in Sydney on February 10, 1867. He was educated at Sydney Grammar School and the University of Sydney and admitted to the New South Wales Bar in 1891. Garran was appointed Secretary to the Attorney-General's Department in 1901 and during World War I served as Solicitor-General (1916) and in 1919 was named a member of the Australian delegation at the Paris Peace Conference. He was knighted in 1917 and appointed KCMG in 1920. He retired from his public duties in 1932 and took up a legal practice. Garran died on January 11, 1957 [Garran's autobiography is titled Prosper the Commonwealth (Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1958)] [Wikipedia]

Lesbia Venner Harford
[Australian Dictionary of Biography][Wikipedia][Poems of Lesbia Harford]

Hugh Peden Steel
author of A Crown of Wattle (Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1888)

Fred R. Barlee
Perth; occasional Green Bag contributor

Alexander Rud Mills
(1885-1964) [Wikipedia]

William Baylebridge
(1887-1942) [Wikipedia]

Lesbia Harford

Robert Gordon Menzies
Menzies was born December 20, 1894. He received his LL.M. degree from the University of Melbourne and was admitted to the Victorian Bar and High Court of Australia 1918, King's Counsel in 1929, Privy Councillor in 1937. He served as Prime Minister of Australia 1939-41 and 1949-66. He was Minister for External Affairs 1960-62. Menzies's "light verse" is found in Afternoon Light: Some Memories of Men and Events (New York: Coward-McCann 1968) [Robert Gordon Menzies 1894-1978] [Wikipedia]

[My thanks to Geoff Lehmann who alerted me to the fact that Menzies had written poetry and then provided this interesting commentary on Menzies: "Robert Gordon Menzies was the longest reigning Australian prime minister. Menzies with his double-breasted suits and love of the British monarchy may be considered as having 'reigned.' Menzies was a great public speaker, and witty on a platform. A book of his wit was published. I seem to recall it was called "Afternoon Light." This contained some light verse as well as prose and which I read when preparing an anthology "Australian Comic Verse." I was rather disappointed as none of Menzies verse witticisms were good enough to use in the anthology. They were all a little ponderous. One of them—and I can't recall the actual verse itself—was a clerihew or the like about the professional American tennis player Sexias. You may recall that Sexias's name was pronounced to rhyme with audacious, but I don't recall what Menzies used for his rhyme. Menzies when he was an undergraduate, or perhaps shortly after graduation, published some rather ponderous poems in unversity magazines or the like. This would have been in the 1910s. He went on to become a distinguished QC, participating in some important constitutional cases, before entering politics."]

Patricia Hackett
Actress, director, poet and lawyer

Robert John Clark
(1911- )
Author of: The Dogman & Other Poems (1962), Segments of the Bowl (1967), Thrusting into Darkness (1978), Walking to Bethongabel (1986).

John Jefferson Bray
Poet, jurist, scholar, chancellor of University of Adelaide; Chief Justice of South Australia (196701978); born in Adelaide, Australia on September 16, 1912; educated at the University of Adelaide, where he received an LL.B. in 1932, a second LL.B. in 1933, and an LL.D. in 1937; worked as barrister and solicitor from 1933 to 1957, and then Queen's Counsel from 1957 to 1967; his first collection of poetry was published in 1962 with other collections that followed. [Wikipedia]

Joyce Eileen Shewcroft
The following biographical sketch of Joyce Shewcroft is extracted from the Sydney Morning Herald, December 7, 2001:

Joyce Shewcroft . . . was the first female corporation lawyer in Australia . . . .

Joyce achieved many firsts: the first woman to complete the Barristers' Admission Board course, a founding member and one of the first presidents of the NSW Women Lawyers' Association, the first woman chair of a credit union and Australia's first female corporate lawyer for the then Australian Broadcasting Commission. Born in Sydney, Joyce was educated at Loreto in Kirribilli. . . .

At 15 she left school to help support her family. After business college, she joined the office of a solicitor who was also a grazier. Because he spent most of his time on his property, she was soon in charge.

By 1936, with a small contribution from an uncle, she had put her sister through school and medicine at the University of Sydney. She then enrolled in the Barristers' Admission Board course and found herself a tutor Nigel Bowen, who later became the first chief justice of the Federal Court.

Shewcroft sailed through the exams and was admitted as a barrister in 1945. That year she was appointed legal adviser to the ABC, a position in which she had been acting for some years.

She had many other interests besides the law. She was a founder of the St. Thomas More Society. She wrote extensively and won public prizes for her poetry, and her friends John Thompson, Kenneth Slessor and Guy Howarth included her work in a book of modern Australian poets.

She studied part-time for an arts degree at the University of Sydney, graduating with honours in history, and completed a two-year playwrights' course with NIDA.

Shewcroft helped found the Women Lawyers' Association, was an early president and ensured that the association's research department provided information to the government on International Labour Organisation arguments on equal pay.

She was honorary legal adviser to both the Medical Women's Society of NSW and the Royal Academy of Dance.

Together with the late Stan Arneil, she founded the ABC Credit Union. She also helped found the ABC Staff Association and became a foundation director.

David Griffin
Soldier, lawyer, poet; at age 87 he had his first book of poetry published

John (Antill) Millett
(1921-    )
John Millett was born in 1921 and is by profession a lawyer and accountant; called to the bar in Australia, 1952 and has acted as a solicitor in New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland. He is a prolific poet, and served for some 24 years as editor, publisher, and legal advisor to Poetry Australia; awarded the Australian Poetry Society Award, the Humanitas International, and the Ayshire Writers International Award. Millett's collections of poetry include: Last Draft (Wollongong: Five Islands Press, 2002), Come Down Cunderang (Berrima, NSW: South Head Press, 1986), The World Faces Johnny Tripod (Story Line Press, 1992), The Nine Lives of Big Meg O'Shannessy: Poems (Story Line Press, 1989), Iceman (Salmon River Press, 1999), Tail Arse Charlie (Berrima, NSW: South Head Press, 1982).

Geoffrey Lehmann
(1940-    )
Geoffrey Lehmann was born in Sydney, Australia in 1940. He graduated from the University of Sydney with a degree in arts and law. After practising as a lawyer and owning his own law firm, he lectured in taxation law at the University of New South Wales, and from 1990 to 2000 became a partner of Price Waterhouse, subsequently PricewaterhouseCoopers. He is currently tax counsel with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Sydney.

His published books of poetry include: The Ilex Tree (Australian National University Press, 1965)(with Les Murray), A Voyage of Lions and Other Poems (Angus & Robertson, 1968), Conversation with a Rider (Angus & Robertson, 1972), Extracts from Ross' Poems (Angus & Robertson, 1976), Selected Poems (Angus & Robertson, 1976), Nero's Poems (1981), Nero's Poems (Angus & Robertson, 1981), A Voyage of Lions (Angus & Robertson), Ross's Poems (Angus & Robertson), Children's Games (Angus & Robertson, 1990), Spring Forest (Faber & Faber, 1992)(1994); Collected Poems (William Heinemann Australia, 1997). Spring Forest (Angus & Robertson, 1992)(Faber and Faber, 1994) was short listed for the T.S. Eliot Prize in 1995. Lehmann has also edited and co-edited Australian poetry anthologies.

In addition to poetry, Lehmann has published a novel, has been the editor/co-editor of four anthologies of Australian poetry, including Australian Poetry in the Twentieth Century (Heinemann, 1991), and is the author of Australian Primitive Painters (University of Queensland Press), the co-author of Lehmann & Coleman, Taxation Law in Australia (a taxation text now in its 5th), and has published two volumes of children's fiction.

The publisher's blurb on the back cover of his Collected Poems notes that: "Geoffrey Lehmann is one of the foremost poets of his generation." [Wikipedia]

Piers Anthony David Davies
(1941- )
[See, Enis McIntire (ed.), International Who's Who in Poetry and Poets' Encyclopedia 132 (Cambridge, England: Melrose Press Ltd., 10th ed., 2001)]

Nicholas Paul Hasluck
(1942-    )
Nicholas Hasluck was born in Canberra in 1942. He worked in Fleet Street as an editorial assistant in the 1960s before returning to Australia to become a practicing lawyer in Perth. For a number of years he was Deputy Chairman of the Australia Council. Hasluck is a novelist and poet. His fiction works include: The Bellarmine Jug (winner of The Age Book of the Year Award in 1984), Our Man K, Truant State and The Country Without Music. He was recently appointed Chair of the Literature Fund of the Australia Council.

Hal Colebatch
(1945-    )
Journalist, political adviser, editor, author, solicitor and poet. Educated in Perth obtaining degrees in arts, law and jurisprudence from the University of Western Australia. Colebatch was admitted to law practice before the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 1981, and the High Court and Federal Court of Australia, in 1989. Colebatch has published several books of poetry, novels, a biography, and various policy monographs. His collections of poetry include: The Stonehenge Syndrome (Melbourne: William Heinemann, 1993); The Earthquake Lands (Australia: Angus & Robertson, 1990); Outer Charting (Australia: Angus & Robertson, 1985); In Breaking Waves (Melbourne, Australia, 1979); Spectators on the Shore: Poems (Sydney: Edwards & Shaw, 1975) [Hal Colebatch]

David Heilpern
(1951-    )
After completing his studies at law schools in Sydney and Canberra, Heilpern started practice with the Australian Government Solicitor and then went into private practice on the North Coast of New South Wales specializing in criminal law. He undertook high profile cases to prompt drug law reform and environmental awareness. Upon the creation of the law school at Southern Cross University, Heilpern became a senior lecturer in criminal law and eventually Deputy Head of School, Academic Programs Coordinator. In 1999, Heilpern was appointed as Magistrate of the Local Court of New South Wales, based in Dubbo. He is a Barrister and Solicitor at the High Court of Australia and has been admitted to practice in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. His books include: Rough Deal: Drug Laws in NSW (with Steve Bolt), Cases on Criminal Law (with Stanley Yeo) and Guilty Your Worship.

MTC Cronin
(1963-    )
MTC Cronin is a Sydney lawyer, poet and feminist. Her published collections of poetry include: Zoetrope: We See Us Moving (Australia, 1995); The World Beyond the Fig (Australia, 1998); Everything Holy (Balcones International Press, 1998); Mischief-Birds (Vagabond Press, 1999); Bestseller (Vagabond Press, 2001); Talking to Neruda's Questions (Vagabond Press, 2001); My Lover's Back~79 Love Poems (University of Queensland Press). Cronin worked in the 1990s in the field of law and more recently has been teaching literature and creative writing in the Department of Writing, Social & Cultural Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney. She is currently working on a Ph.D. which focuses on "poetry and law." Cronin lives in Enmore, Australia. [More Poems] ["Museworthy: The Law of Ears and Also Things Close"] ["Museworthy: Silence and its Answer"] [Autobiographies - Inventive Connections] [Wikipedia]

Dean Kalimniou
(1977-    ) [Wikipedia]

Dan Barker

Susan Currie

Stuart Flynn

Peter Gebhardt

G.H. Gibson

Henry Kendall

Gordon Adams Lindsay

Jason Rupert McCall

J.L. Michael

Les Murray

John Boyle O'Reilly

Douglas Stewart

Julian Randloph Stow

William Wallcer

Ernest Watt

Laura Hughes
Laura Hughes's poem, "Judges of Jurisprudence: A Poetic Trilogy," appears in 4 Deakin L. Rev. 93 (1997-1998).

Anna Kerdijk Nicholson
Anna Nicholson is a Sydney lawyer. She is the author of The Bundanon Cantos (Five Islands Press, 2003). [Anna Kerdijk Nicholson]

Mark Tredinnick
Former lawyer, now a poet and a writer. [Mark Tredinnick]

Grant Fraser
Author of Some Conclusion In the Heart (Black Willow Press, 2001).


Sebastian Brant
Alsatian lawyer, poet and theologian who was born in Strasbourg in 1458; spent much of his life lecturing and writing in Basel; returned to Strasbourg in 1499; died in Strasbourg in 1521. [Wikipedia]

Heinrich Joseph von Collin
(1771-1811) [Wikipedia]

Karl Teutschmann
Lawyer, poet, essayist, and philosopher,

Anton Wildgans
Lawyer, journalist, educator, expressionist poet, dramatist and theater director

Oscar Jellinek

Richard Beer-Hofmann

Albert Drach

Franz Grill parzer

Walter Serner

Kornel Kossuth


Marion Bethel

Michael Pintard

Gabrielle F. Culmer
Gabrielle F. Culmer's first collection of poems is titled Blue Streams to Paradise (Vantage Press, 2006). She is a graduate of St. Andrew's School. She obtained her the A.A. degree and B.S. degree from New York University and then read law at the University of Kent at Canterbury and the University College, London where she obtained her L.L.M degree in commercial and corporate law. Culmer practices commercial law.


Ahmad Al-Shamlan
Sunni lawyer, pro-democracy leader, writer, poet, and lawyer

Abed al-Amir al-Jamier

Sultana Kamal
poet, lawyer and human rights activist

A. K. Faezul Huq
(1944- )
born in Calcutta [Wikipedia]


H.A. Vaughan
(1901-    )
Vaughan "continued his education in England, where he studied law. He has been a member of the Barbados House of Assembly, but is now [as of 1972] a district magistrate on the island. His special interest is the history of Barbados, in which connection he is working on a biography of Sir Conrad Reeves. He published Sandy Land and Other Poems in 1945." [Lanston Hughes & Arna Bontemps (eds.), The Poetry of the Negro 1746-1949 407 (Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, 1951)]


Francisak Benedykt Bahuševic


Jacob van Maerlant
Flemish lawyer, historian, author, translator; considered one of the greatest Flemist poets of the Middle ages [Catholic Encyclopedia] [Wikipedia]

Cornelis de Bie
(1627-1715 (?)) [Wikipedia]

Julius Vuylsteke
(1836-1903) [Wikipedia]

Georges Raymond Constantin Rodenbach
(1855-1898) [Wikipedia]

Emile Verhaeren
Lawyer, author, poet, journalist, playwright. Verhaeren was educated at Ghent and Louvain. He lived for periods in Paris where he became part of a literary which included Mallarmé. [Wikipedia]

Maurice Maeterlinck
Flemish lawyer, philosopher, author, poet, playwright, journalist, Nobel prize [Nobel Prize for Literature, 1911] [Nobel Presentation Speech] [Biography and Writings] [Maeterlinck as Dramatist] [Wikipedia]

Charles Plisnier
novelist, short story writer, poet, essayist; trained as a lawyer. Plisnier helped found the Communist Party in Belgium and wrote for left-wing periodicals until he was evicted from the Communist Party. He disavowed the Party, converted to Catholicism and took up literature. Plisnier's poetry includes: Prière aux mains coupées (1930)("Prayer With Severed Hands"); Fertilité du désert (1933)("Fertility of the Desert"); Odes pour retrouver les hommes (1935)("Odes to Meet Again With Men"); Sacré (1938)("Holy" or "Sacred"); Ave Genitrix(1943)("Hail Mother"). [Wikipedia]

Roger Goffin
Poet, novelist, historian and lawyer; early writer about jazz (his collection of poems, "Jazz Band," was published in 1922 with a preface by Jules Romains; also published, in 1932, a study about jazz, Aux Frontieres du Jazz); lived in the United States during WW II (1941-1945).

Jacques-Gérard Linze
(1925- )
Beligan poet and novelist was born in Liège. [Source: Jean-Albert Bédé & William Benbow Edgerton (eds.), Columbia Dictionary of Modern European Literature 480 (Columbia University Press, 2nd ed., 1980)]

Charles Bertin

Ernest Moerman

Jean-Antoine-Francois Pauwels

Eddy Van Vliet


Francišak Bahuševic
(1840-1900) [Wikipedia]


Raymond Barrow
Raymond Barrow served in Education, Customs, and Treasurey ministries of the government. He attended Wesley Shcool, and St. John's College.


Jose Ignacio de Sanjines
lawyer, patriot, author, poet, educator


Ajša Džemila Zahirović
Bosnia and Herzegovina writer, poet and lawyer


Chuchuchu Nchunga Nchunga
Lawyer, poet, singer, guitarist


Gregorio de Mattos

Gregório de Mattos e Guerra
(1636-1696) [Wikipedia]

António José da Silva
(1705-1739) [Wikipedia]

Cláudio Manoel da Costa
lawyer, poet and revolutionary; associated with the Brazilian town of Ouro Preto (a historical city)

Inácio José de Alvarenga Peixoto
(1744-1793) [Wikipedia]

Jose da Natividade Saldanha
Afro-Brazilian poet, lawyer, nationalist

Francisco Otaviano de Almeida Rosa
(1825-1889) [Wikipedia]

João Cardoso de Meneses e Sousa
(1827-1915) [Wikipedia]

Luis Gonzaga Pinto Da Gama
[See: Boris Fausto, A Concise History of Brazil 128 (Cambridge University Press, 1999)]

Pedro Luís Pereira de Sousa
(1839-1884) [Wikipedia]

Antonio de Castro Alves
Alves was a journalist, poet, and playwright. He was born near Curralinho (now Castro Avles) on March 14, 1847. He studied law in Recife, Pernambuco, and Sao Paulo, but abandoned his studies for health reasons. He became intensely interested in the abolition of slavery and the final establishment of a democratic national government in Brazil. His anti-slavery poems, "Voices from Africa" and "The Slave-Trader's Ship" had an influence in Brazil which was comparable to that of Uncle Tom's Cabin in the United States. Alves died in Salvador on July 6, 1871 of tuberculosis. [Wikipedia]

Celso Tertuliano da Cunha Magalhães

Sylvio Vasconcelos de Silveira Ramos Romero
A uthor, playwright, historian, educator, philosopher

Teófilo Odorico Dias de Mesquita
(1854-1889) [Wikipedia]

Rodrigo Octávio
Novelist, historian, essayist, legal writer

Jose Rodrigues de Carvalho

Mário Cochrane de Alencar
(1872-1925) [Wikipedia]

Adelmar Tavares da Silva Cavalcanti
(1888-1963) [Wikipedia]
Born in Reci, died in Rio de Janeiro; President of the Academia Brasileira de Letras (1948)

Guilherme de Almeida
(1890-1969) [Wikipedia]

Rodrigo Octávio Filho
man of letters, poet, businessman, lawyer.

Paulo Menotti Del Picchia
Paulo Menotti Del Picchia was born in São Paulo on March 20, 1892. As a young boy, he moved to Itapira city, São Paulo State, where he undertook his schooling. He graduated from the Law School of São Paulo in 1913 and published his first book that same year. He took up the practice of law in Itapira and published a newspaper "O Grito." While in Itapira he published "Juca Mulato," a widely read poem. In 1922, joined by Mário and Oswald de Andrade, he became part of the Brazilian Modernist Movement. In 1982 he was named "Prince of Brazilian Poets." [Wikipedia]

Paulo Setúbal de Oliveira
(1893-1937) [Wikipedia]
Lawyer, writer, journalist, essayist, and poet. He was born in Tatuí.

Vinícius De Moraes
Diplomat, lawyer, poet, lyricist; graduate of Oxford, and one-time Brazilian Vice Consul in Los Angeles [Wikipedia]

Humberto Teixeira
From the Northeastern state of Ceará; in partnership with Luís Gonzaga launched the baião.

Paulo Hecker Filho
(1926-    )

João Chaves

Oswald De Andrade

Jose Francisco Borges

Valéria Alvares Cruz

Bernardo Guimaraes

Jose Bonitacio de Andvada e Silva

Joao Evangelista
Poet, guitar player, singer, and lawyer; Evangelista's son, Ary Barroso, was an influential pre-bossa nova composer in Brazil, and was also trained as a lawyer

Nei Lopes
(1942 (?)-    ).
Writer, poet, and scholar, but a lawyer by training. Lopes is the author of over a dozen books including the Enciclopédia Brasileira da Diáspora Africana, the Dicionário Banto do Brasil, Guimbaustrilho e Outros Mistérios Suburbanos, and the history of samba, Sambeabá: o Samba que Não se Aprende na Escola.

Angela Maria Rocha de Biase
(Monica de Oliveira Moulin)(1949- )
[See: Enis McIntire (ed.), International Who's Who in Poetry and Poets' Encyclopedia 52 (Cambridge, England: Melrose Press Ltd., 10th ed., 2001)]

Aurea Domenech
Aurea Domenech is an artist, poet, and lawyer. She was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She specializes in oil landscapes of local Brazilian scenes and has had exhibitions of her work in Brazil and in the United States. She is also a poet, having two books of poetry, Curto Tempo and O Pescador De Sombras ("The Fisherman of Shadows"). [Source: Personal communication with Aurea Domenech]

Couto Scheila
writer, poet, lawyer, painter, author of plays for children

Rosalvo Leomeu Vidal
lawyer, poet, journalist, artist

Thereza Christina Rocque da Motta
da Motta is a lawyer, English teacher, and translator of legal and literary works. She started writing poetry at an early age and together with a group of fellow poets at the Universidade Mackenzie, published several anthologies between 1980 and 1982. At the age of 25, she published her first book, Joio & Trigo. da Motta has been translating her own poetry, as well as others, into English since 1995.

Cyro de Mattos
de Mattos was born in the city of Itabuna, in the southern state of Bahia, Brazil. He is a lawyer, journalist, poet, and author of books for children. He has published seventeen books; including the following books of poetry: Cantiga Grapiúna, Lavrador Inventivo, Vinte Poemas do Rio and Viagrária.

:: Brazil has one of the only organized groups of lawyer poets that we've learned about: Sociedade dos Poetas/Advogados de Santa Catarina [Many thanks to Bill Mayo, at Indian Bay Press, Fayetteville, Arkansas, who alerted us to the existence of the Brazilian group]

Bukina Faso

Frédéric Pacéré Titinga
[Source: Mary Fitzpatrick, Lonely Planet West Africa 198 (Lonely Planet Publications, 5th ed., 2002)]


Georgi Sava Rakovski
(1821-1867) [Wikipedia]
[born Sabi Stoykov Popovich]


Frédéric Pacéré Titinga
Manega, several miles North of Ouaga on the Pabré seminary road, is a center for African culture, established by the lawyer/poet Frédéric Pacéré Titinga. The village consists of an open-air sculpture park, ethnological museum, and mausoleum dedicated to the Mossi kings.


Maung Myint Thein
Scholar, lawyer, poet; author of When at Nights I Strive to Sleep a Book of Verse (Oxford: Asoka Society, 1971)

Tin Aye Kyu (U)(pen name: Maung Hmaing Lwin)
Jailed in 1989 by the government which so ruthlessly and callously rules the country; this is the goverment that has kept Aung San Suu Kyi, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize under house arrest for over a decade


Adamou Ndam Njoya
(1945- )


[We have not, to date, had an opportunity to fully document the growing list of historically significant and contemporary Canadian lawyer poets or develop separate web-pages for each of them. We hope to do so in the future.]

Marc Lescarbot
(1570-1642) [Wikipedia]

Gustavus William Wicksteed
(1799- )
Gustavus Wicksteed was borin i Liverpool, England on Dec. 21, 1799. He moved to Canada in 1825 where he was admitted as an advocate in 1832. He became queen's counsel in 1854. In addition to various indexes and tables of the Canadian statutes, he published, Waifs in Verse (Montreal, 1878). [Appleton's Ccylopaedia of American Biography]

Levi Adams
Levi Adams was articled in Montreal and admitted to the bar in 1827. He is reputed to have been born in Henryville, QC. He died in Montreal on June 21, 1832. [Source: William H. New (ed.), Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2002)]

Joseph-Isidore Bédard
(1806–1833) [Wikipedia]

Joseph-Édouard Turcotte
(1808-1864) [Wikipedia]

Georges- Étienne Cartier
(1814-1873) [Wikipedia]

John Hawkins Hagarty (1816-1900)
"Born in Dublin on December 17, 1816, being the son of Matthew Hagarty. Educated at T.C.D., where he does not appear to have graduated. Went to Canada in or about 1834, and became a lawyer of note, eventually reaching the high position of Chief Justice of Ontario in 1878. He wrote a good deal of verse for the Canadian Press, especially The Maple Leaf of toronot, over the signature of 'Zadig.' See N.F. Davin's 'Irishman in Canada,' pp. 605, 606. He died at Toronto, April 27, 1900, aged 84."] [Source: D. J. O'Donoghue, The Poets of Ireland: A Biographical and Bibliographical Dictionary of Irish Writers of English Verse 177 (Dublin: Hodges Figgis & Co.; London: Henry Frowde, Oxford University Press, 1912)(Gale Research Co., reprint 1968)]

Joseph-Guillaume Barthe
(1818-1893) [Wikipedia]

Abraham S. Holmes

Peter John Allan

Louis Joseph Cyprien Fiset
(1825-1898) [The Encyclopedia Americana]

Daniel Carey

Gonzalve Desaulniers
[See: William H. New (ed.), Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada 278-288 (University of Toronto Press, 2002)]

Pamphile Lemay

Louis Honoré Fréchette
(1839-1908) [Wikipedia]

Alphonse Basile Routhier

Nicholas Flood Davin
(1840-1901) [Wikipedia]

James David Edgar
(1841- )
[American Virtual Biographies]

Patrick Buckley
(ca. 1844- )
Irish parents; born at Halifax, Nova Scotia; author of two verse pamphlets, Pencillings by the Way and Rome] [Source: D. J. O'Donoghue, The Poets of Ireland: A Biographical and Bibliographical Dictionary of Irish Writers of English Verse 45 (Dublin: Hodges Figgis & Co.; London: Henry Frowde, Oxford University Press, 1912)(Gale Research Co., reprint 1968)]; George Frederick Cameron (1845-1885)(poet, lawyer and journalist)]

Pamphile Le May
(1837-1918) [Pamphile Le May]

Adolphe-Basil Routhier
(1839-1920) [Wikipedia]

Martin J. Griffin
(1847- )
"Born of Irish parentage in St. John's, Newfoundland, August 7, 1847, and was educated at St. Mary's College, Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was called to the bar in Halifax in 1868, and between 1869 and 1874 edited The Herald, and The Express there, besides writing for The Chronicle. He beame private secretary to the Dominon Minister in 1878, editor of the Toronto Mail in 1881, and Parliamentary Librarian, Ottawa, 1885. He is the author of various Poems, and is included in Oscar Fay Adams' 'Through the Year with the Poets,' Boston." [Source: D. J. O'Donoghue, The Poets of Ireland: A Biographical and Bibliographical Dictionary of Irish Writers of English Verse 173 (Dublin: Hodges Figgis & Co.; London: Henry Frowde, Oxford University Press, 1912)(Gale Research Co., reprint 1968)]

George A. Mackenzie
(1849- )

  "George A. Mackenzie," [photo in, John William Gavin (ed.), Canadian Poets 389 (Toronto: McClelland, Goodchild & Stewart, 1916)]

[online text]

Edward Douglas Armour

George Frederick Cameron
Poet, lawyer, and journalist. [Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online]

Robert Stanley Weir
(1856-1926) [Wikipedia]
Robert Stanley Weir was born in Hamilton, educated in Montreal (qualifying in both law and teaching), and became a judge Recorder of the City of Montréal and later served on the Exchequer Court of Canada (now the Federal Court of Canada); served as a member of the Quebec Legislative Assembly; elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society) [Robert Stanley Weir]

William Douw Lighthall
[Canadian Poems and Lays] [Canadian Songs and Poems] [Songs of the Great Dominion]

William Edwards Marshall

Robert Stanley Weir

John Almon Ritchie

Gonzalve Desaulniers
Desaulniers was appointed Quebec Supreme Court Judge in 1923. His poems were collected in Les bois qui chantent (1930).

Thomas Brown Phillips Stewart
Barrister and poet; left a part of his estate to establish a student library at Osgoode Hall, now the largest law library in Canada

Thomas White
Canada's Finance Minister from 1911 to 1919; acting Prime Minister after World War I; newspaper man, law degree from Osgood Hall in 1899 but did not practice); Jean Charbonneau (1875-1960)

Norman Gregor Guthie

David Horton Elton
(1877 - 1963)

Patrick Slater

Arthur Long Dysart

Alan Crawley

Jack Higgins

Arthur Stanley Bourinot
[Source: William H. New (ed.), Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada 144 (University of Toronto Press, 2002)]

Arthur S. Bourinot
[photo in, John William Gavin (ed.), Canadian Poets 463 (Toronto: McClelland, Goodchild & Stewart, 1916)]


Richard Augustus Parsons
(1893- )

Wilfred Heighington
(1897-1945) [Wikipedia]

Francis Reginald Scott
(1899-1985) [F.R. Scott] [Frank Scott] [Wikipedia]

Alain Grandbois
(1900-1975) [Wikipedia]

Ronald Gilmour Everson

Abraham Moses Klein
(1909-1972) [Wikipedia] [A.M. Klein]

Stan Biggs
(1913- )
Toronto lawyer, author of memoirs entitlted As Luck Would Have It In War & Peace: Memoirs 1913-2007 (Trafford Publishing)(book note and bio).

Donald William MacFarlane (1921-2001)

John R. Leach
(1922- )
Author of a collection of poems, Lifestream (1996); born in Enland and grew up there; graduated in law from Manchester University in 1948; emigrated to Canada in 1954 and is now a Canadian citizen; joined Shell Oil Company as a lawyer in 1956; retired in 1977 after serving two years a General Solicitor of the company; private law practice in Toronto from 1977 to 1982; gave up the practice of law in 1982 to write; first book, a novel, Then, Now and Maybe was published in 1986; began writing poetry in the mid-1980s; in 1997 moved to Chisholm Township

John Bishp Ballem
Novelist & poet, author of short stories; Calgary, Alberta; L.L.B from Dalhousie University in 1949; LL.M. from Harvard in 1950; author of Lovers and Friends (2000) [See, Enis McIntire (ed.), International Who's Who in Poetry and Poets' Encyclopedia 31 (Cambridge, England: Melrose Press Ltd., 10th ed., 2001)]

Pierre Perrault
(1927- )

Charles Roach
(1933- )
Trinidadian-Canadian; civil rights and immigration lawyer; author of Root for the Ravens: Poems for Drum and Freedom (Toronto: NC Press, 1977)

James Clarke
(1934- )
James Clarke was born in Peterborough, Ontario, attended McGill University and Osgoode Hall. He practised law in Cobourg, Ontario before his appointment to the Bench in 1983. At present James Clarke is a retired judge of the Superior Court of Ontario residing in Guelph. He is the author of numerous collections of poetry, most recently, The Juried Heart (Pleasure Boat Studio, 2015).

Dugald Ervine Christie

Gary Botting
(1943- )
[Poems — Legal Studies Forum] [Gary Botting]

Marlene Nourbese Philip
(1947- )

Eva Van Loon
(1948- )
van Loon, who now now writes under the name Kaimana Wolff, was born in the Netherlands, June 29, 1948. She was called to the Bar in British Columbia, September 25, 1985, and to the Yukon Bar, in 1986. She became what is sometimes called a "holistic lawyer" in 1997. After her marriage failed in 1998, she took up residence for a sabbatical in Hawaii. In Hawaii, her legal activities are restricted to mediation, legal counselling, and helping a lawyer friend with her caseload. In Canada, van Loon's areas of legal practice include mediation, wills and trusts, and estate litigation. van Loon has self-published eleven chapbooks, including poetry volumes entitled: Cured of Kings, Chaos in the Garden, How I Died, Ich Bin Ein New Yorker, and The Power of Water. She is also the author of a novel, Broken Sleep (Trafford Publishing, 2005). She is a member of the Maui Live Poets' Guild and joins other informal groups for poetry readings. van Loon is also a writer of fiction.

Guy Gavriel Kay
(1954- )
Guy Kay was born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan and raised in Winnipeg. He obtained his BA degree from the University of Manitoba in 1975, and his law degree from the University of Toronto in 1978 and practiced law in 1981-1982. In 1974-75, he assisted Christopher Tolkien with the editing of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion. His writing is primarily in the genre of fantasy fiction. Kay's Beyond This Dark House: Poems was published in 2003 by Penguin Canada.

John Kleefeld
(1954- )
Lawyer/mediator/teaches law at the University of British Columbia; his poem, "Boilerplate," appears in The Dalhousie Review (vol. 85, no. 1, pp. 132-133)(2005) [University of Waterloo (B.A., Hons. Econ., 1991); University of British Columbia (LL.B., 1998); Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.M., 2002)]

Brenda Niskala
(1955- )

Nancy Jane Bullis
(1956- )

Fern G. Z. Carr
(1956- )
Fern G.Z. Carr was called to the Bar of the Law Society of Manitoba in 1981.  She practised corporate-commercial law in Winnipeg until she decided to follow a different path.  She taught French Immersion for several years, and then, with her family, moved to Kelowna, British Columbia where she served as president of the local branch of the BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.  In addition to teaching, Carr is a member of The League of Canadian Poets and former Poet-in-Residence. She composes and translates poetry in five languages. Carr's poetry has been published in Australia, Canada, England, Finland, France, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mayotte Island (Mozambique Channel), Mexico, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, Thailand, and the United States. [Fern G. Z. Carr]

John Skapski
John Skapski is a Richmond, British Columbia lawyer/fisherman/poet. His collection of poetry is titled Tides at the Edge of the Senses: New and Selected Poems (Libros Libertad, 2007) and he is the author of an account of his days as a commerical fisherman, Green Water Blues (Harbour Publishing, 1978).

Michael Penny
Michael Penny was born in Australia, but moved to Canada as a teenager. He received his B.A. and LL.B from was the University of Alberta and his M.A. from the University of New Mexico. He has served on the Boards of the Writers Guild of Alberta and the Edmonton Arts Council, and is currently on the Executive of NeWest Press. He makes his living as a lawyer, most recently as Counsel at the Law Society of Alberta. Penny is the author of two books of poetry, My Chimera (BuschekBooks, 2006) and Completing the Kora (La so so la Press, 2006)

Paul Sanderson
Paul Sanderson majored in Political Science and History at Glendon College, York University and then earned his law degree at Osgoode Hall, York University in 1981. He became a member of the Ontario Bar in 1983, and is now senior lawyer in the firm Sanderson Taylor which specializes in arts and entertainment law. His volunteer work includes: co-founder of Artist Legal Advice Services (ALAS), Canada's first and only summary advice legal service offering free legal advice for all artists; and membership on boards of arts service organizations, including the Scarborough Arts Council, the Music Gallery and the Advisory Board for the Humber College Jazz Program. Sanderson is a frequent guest speaker on the legal aspects of the music and art, and has lectured at the Trebas Institute. He has authored legal texts on "Musicians and the Law in Canada" and "Model Agreements for Visual Artists," and has published in numerous legal journals. Sanderson's poetry has appeared in Tower, Zygote and the White Wall Review. Sanderson is the author of Biological Seasons (self-published, 1996), Learning Curves (Seraphim Editions, 2003); The Golden Thumb & Acirema (self-published, 2010). [Paul Sanderson]

Michael Shain
Michael Shain was born in Toronto in 1956, obtained his B.A. at the University of Toronto, an M.A. at Concordia University, and his law degree from the University of Windsor. He has lived on Manitoulin Island since 1990 where he directs a legal clinic on the Sucker Creek First Nations. His work is included in Northern Prospects: An Anthology of Northeastern Ontario Poetry (Your Scrivener Press, 1998)(Roger Nash ed.).

Paul McLaughlin
Paul McLaughlin is the author of Welcome to Reality: A New Lawyer's Guide to Success.

Reid Cooper
Ottawa-born lawyer; a lawyer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade; poetry has appeared in the Carleton Literary Review.

Meredith Quartermain
[Poems: East Village Poetry Web] [A review of Miriam Nichols (ed.), Even on Sunday: Essays, Readings, and Archival Materials on the Poetry and Poetics of Robin Blaser]

Nancy-Gay Rotstein
Nancy-Gay Rotstein is the author of This Horizon and Beyond: Poems Selected and New (Overlook Duckworth, 2001) and a novel, Shattering Glass (Farrar Straus and Giroux, 1996). [Nancy-Gay Rothstein]

Leslie Hall Pinder
Vancouver lawyer and novelist. Pinder is also a poet. [Leslie Hall Pinder]

Alphonse Lanza
Poet/lawyer; lives in Hamilton, Ontario; first publication appears in The Antigonish Review 105.

Bernie Malach
North Van lawyer, sculptor and poet.

John Hoben
John Hoben was raised in Musgrave Harbour, a small fishing community on the north-east coast of Newfoundland. He attended Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of Western Ontario, and worked as a teacher and lawyer in Ontario and Newfoundland. His poems have been published in various collections. He currently lives in Torbay.

Peter V. Gilchrist
Peter Gilchrist lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; lawyer and claims consultant for professional liability insurers; resumed the writing of poetry again in 2002 after a hiatus of a good many years; poetry has appears in Reconnaitre Magazine, Saucy Vox Review, Literati, and Worm.

Amir Hasham
Vancouver litigation lawyer.

Michael Hoosein
Michael Hoosein is an Edmonton lawyer and poet.

Joseph A. Farina
Joseph Farina is the author of a collection of poems, The Cancer Chronicles: A Parent's Journey (Serengeti Press, 2006)(a lawyer's account, in verse, of his son's struggle with Hodgkin's Lymphoma—a form of cancer).

Lazar Sarna
Lazar Sarna was born in Montreal, Canada, where he now practices law. He is the author of the following poetry collections: The Singsong (1968), Mystics on a Picnic (Hillel, 1972), Letters of State (Porcupine's Quill, 1978), He Claims He Is the Direct Heir (Porcupine's Quill, 2005). Sarna is also the author of a novel, The Man Who LIved Near Nelliga.

Peter Fruchter
Peter Fruchter teaches at York University (part-time). He obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo and studied law at York University's Osgoode Hall Law School. Ie was called to the Ontario bar in 1991 and took up the practice of law from which he has now abandoned. Fruchter lives in Toronto.

Fiona Tinwei Lam
Fiona Lam, born in Scotland, is a Vancouver writer and former lawyer. She was is the author of two books of poetry, Intimate Distances (Nightwood Editions, 2002) and Enter the Chrysanthemum. She is a co-editor of and contributor to the nonfiction anthology, Double Lives: Writing and Motherhood (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2008)

Nancy Bullis

[More from lawyer/poets and poet/lawyers from Canada: John Allan Tom Asplard John Buchan Daniel Carey Nichoas Flood Davis Stephen Dickson Germaine Guevremont Gilbert Higgins John Mitschell Mrele Nedelman Tom MacInnes]

Cape Verde (Republic of)

Baltasar Lopes
lawyer, educator, and writer, poet [Cape Verde map] ["The Republic of Cape Verde consists of nine inhabited and several uninhabited volcanic islands off the western coast of Africa." Consular Information Sheet]

Corsino Fortes
(1933- )


Jenaro Gajardo Vera
(1919-1998) [Wikipedia]

Armando Uribe
(1933- ) [Wikipedia]


Jose Fernandez de Madrid
physician, author, journalist, poet, lawyer, playwright

José Manuel Marroquín
(1827-1908) [Wikipedia]
Lawyer, poet, Vice President of Colombia (1898-1904)

Miguel Antonio Caro
(1845-1909. [Wikipedia]

Ismael Enrique Arciniegas

José Eustasio Rivera
(1888-1928) [Wikipedia]
Poet and novelist, but a lawyer by profession. His writings include Tierra de promisión (1921)("The Promised Land"), sonnets portraying the beauty of the Colombian tropics and a novel, La vorágine (1924)("The Vortex"), which focuses on the exploitation of rubber collectors in the upper Amazon jungle. Rivera had first-hand knowledge of the jungle from his appointment to a government commission to settle a boundary dispute between Colombia and Venezuela. During his work on the commission he traveled in the Amazon region, explored the Orinoco River, and lived with Indians in the region. [Source: Encyclopedia Britannica Online]

Pedro Medina Avendaño
(1915- ) [Wikipedia]

Eduardo Francisco Cote Lamus
(1928-1964) [Wikipedia]

Elkin Restrepo
(1942-    )
Poet, designer and engraver; born in Medellin in 1942; winner of the 1968 National Poetry Prize Vanguardia, El Siglo with his book Bla, bla, bla; author of La sombra de otros lugares (1973); Memorias del mundo (1974); Lugar de invocaciones (1977); La palabra sin reino (1982); Retratos de artistas (1983); Fábulas (1991); Sueños (1993); Absorto escuchando el cercano canto de sirenas (1985) and La Dádiva (1991); teaches literature at the University of Antioquia; co-founder and co-director of the Acuarimantima Magazine and co-director of the Magazine Poesía.

Miguel Mendez Camacho
(1942-    )
Born in Cúcuta, Colombia. Camacho is a poet, lawyer, journalist, diplomat and university professor. His published poetry books include: Los golpes ciegos (1968) and Poemas de entre-casa (1971) and two books of chronicles and interviews: Papeles (1978) and Perfil y palote (1983). A collection of his poetry was published as Instrucciones para la nostalgia.

Luis Eduardo Gutiérrez
(1954-    )
Born in Ibagué, Tolima, Colombia. Gutiérrez is a poet, lawyer, and works for the newspaper El Nuevo Día of Ibagué. He is co-director of the Poetry Workshop of the Library Darío Echandía of the Banco de la Republica of Ibagué. His book of poetry, Perseguidos por el cielo was published in 1995.


Juan Egana Risco
Patriot, journalist, author, lawyer, poet

Andrés Bello
(1781-1865) [Wikipedia]
Poet, legislator, educator, jurist, diplomat, and philologist; born in Venezuela, but became a citizen of Chile in 1832. In 1842, he founded the University of Chile, becoming its Dean for the rest of his life. Bello wrote and published books on law and philology, as well as his poetry.

Armando Uribe
lawyer and poet; in 2004 was the winner of the National Prize for literature, the most prestigious literary prize in Chile; author of De Muerte


Zhou Quoqiang
lawyer, poet, and human rights activist

He Li
He Li received his A.B. degree from Beijing University in 1995, his M.A degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1999, and his J.D. degree from Yale Law School in 2003. He is now with Davis Polk & Wardwell in their Corporate Department in Hong Kong. [Source: Wikipedia & Davis Polk & Wardwell]


Jose Fernandez de Madrid
President, physician, author, journalist, poet, lawyer, playwright

Jose Eusebio Caro Iboyez
poet, lawyer, author, journalist, philosopher

José Manuel Marroquín
Lawyer, poet, Vice President of Colombia (1898-1904)

Fernando María Guerrero
(1873-1929) [Fernado Guerrero] [Wikipedia]

José Eustasio Rivera Salas
(1888-1928) [Wikipedia]

Jorge Artel
Artel was a journalist, secretary of the University of Panamá, and a member of the "literary generation" known as Piedra y Cielo; composer of "black poetry."
[Source: Hortensia Ruiz Del Vizo, Black Poetry of the Americas (A Bilingual Anthology) 96 (Miami: Ediciones Universal, 1972)]

Elkin Restrepo
(1942- )
Elkin Restrepo was born in Medellin in 1942. He is poet, designer and engraver. In 1968 he won the National Poetry Prize Vanguardia, El Siglo with his book Bla, bla, bla. He has published the following: La sombra de otros lugares (1973); Memorias del mundo (1974); Lugar de invocaciones (1977); La palabra sin reino (1982); Retratos de artistas (1983); Absorto escuchando el cercano canto de sirenas (1985), La Dádiva (1991), Fábulas (1991)(prose) and Sueños (1993)(prose).He is Lawyer of the University of Antioquia, and Regular Professor of Literature at the same university. He was co-founder and co-director of the Acuarimantima Magazine and is co-director of the Poesía and DESHORA. Restrepo's poems and other texts have been translated into English, French, Russian, and Hebrew. [From: bio, International Poetry Festival, Medellin]

Miguel Mendez Camacho
(1942- )
Camacho was born in Cúcuta, Colombia, in 1942. He is poet, lawyer, journalist and university professor in different branches. He was counseling Minister of the embassy of Colombia in Buenos Aires. He has published two poetry books: Los golpes ciegos (1968) and Poemas de entre-casa (1971) and two books of chronicles and interviews: Papeles (1978) and Perfil y palote (1983). Instrucciones para la nostalgia collects some of his published poems.

Luis Eduardo Gutiérrez
(1954- )
Luis Eduardo Gutiérrez was born in Ibagué, Tolima, Colombia, in 1954. He is poet and lawyer. He works for the newspaper El Nuevo Día of Ibagué and is co-director of the Poetry Workshop of the Library Darío Echandía of The Banco de la Republica of Ibagué. His collection of poetry Perseguidos por el cielo in 1995. His work has appeared in the magazines Luna Nueva, Hojas Sueltas and Tiempo de Palabra, among others. [From: bio, International Poetry Festival in Medellin website-no longer posted]

Costa Rica

Alberto F. Cañas
(1921- )


Noman Çelebicihan
(Numan Çelebi Cihan)
(1885-1918) [Wikipedia]
first president of independent Crimea; lawyer, poet and writer


Ivan Mažuranic
lawyer, poet, author, mathematician, astronomer, journalist [Wikipedia]

Vladimir Vidric
(1875-1909) [Wikipedia]

Radovan Tadej
Rijekan lawyer, poet, former deputy major, author of In Search of the Lost People of Zlobin


Prudencio de Hechavarria

José Victoriano Bentancourt
lawyer, editor, journalist, and poet
[See: Donald E. Herdeck (ed.), Caribbean Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical-Critical Encyclopedia (Washington: Three Continents Press, 1979)(Vol. 4); Philip Ward (ed.), The Oxford Companion to Spanish Literature (Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, Clarendon Press, 1978)]

Carlos Manuel de Céspedes
(1819-1873) [Wikipedia]

José Agustín Quintero
(1829-1885) [Wikipedia]

José Martí
Renowned Cuban man of letters, poet, journalist, orator, lawyer and philosopher; Martí died in battle in 1895, in the early days of the war of independence.

Alfredo Zayas y Alfonso
Lawyer, poet, prosecutor, judge, mayor of Havana, Secretary of the Constitutional Convention; served in Cuba's Senate, and was Vice-President from 1908-1913, and then President of Cuba from 1921 to 1925. [Wikipedia]

Rubén Martínez Villena

Rafael Estenger y Neuling (1899-1983)
lawyer, poet journalist [See Daniel C. Maratos & Marnesba D. Hill, Cuban Exile Writers: A Biobibliographic Handbook (Metuchen, New Jersey: Scarecrow Press, 1986); Donald E. Herdeck (ed.), Caribbean Writers: A BioBibliographical-Critical Encyclopedia (Washington: Three Continents Press, 1979)(Vol. 4)]

Wifredo Albanes Peña
Wifredo Albanes Peña was a lawyer, politician, and poet. He was born in Holguin, Oriente Province, Cuba and held various appointed and elected posts within the national government, including President of the Cuban Senate and Minister of the Interior. He served as Senator from Oriente Province, and as Counselor and member of the Council of Counselors, which was the name given to the President's Cabinet under Batista in the 1950s. He was, reputedly, a Renaissance man, having knowledge of a variety of subjects.

Nicolás Guillén
(1902-1980 [Wikipedia]

Dulce María Loynaz
Born in Havana, Cuba; became a lawyer in 1927 (retiring in 1961); she was elected to the National Academcy of Arts and Letters (1951), the Cuba Academy of Spanish Lanugae (1959), and the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language (1968). She won the Cervantes Prize in 1992. Her brother, Enrique Loynaz Munoz (1904-1966) was also a poet. [Source: Marjorie Agosín, These Are Not Sweet Girls: Latin American Women Poets 22 (White Pine Press, 1994)][See: Dulce María Loynaz, A Woman in Her Garden: Selected Poems of Dulce Maria Loynaz (Buffalo, New York: White Pine Press, 2002)(Judith Kerman trans.); Poems Without Name (Havana, Cuba: Ediciones ARTEX, 1993)(Harriet De Onís trans.] [Wikipedia]

José Lezama Lima

Cuadra Landrove
(1931- )
activist poet and government lawyer; an opponent of Batista's pre-Castro regime; critical of Castro's government he was charged with and sentenced to fifteen years in prison (1967-82); now in exile in Miami; see Angel Cuadra: The Poet in Socialist Cuba (University Press of Florida, 1994)(Warren Hampton ed.)

Maria Esther Ortiz
(1936- )
art critic, poet, lawyer

José Sánchez-Boudy
"[B]orn in Havana, Cuba. He is a lawyer and author of more than fifteen volumes. His writings deal with many literary genres: poetry, novels, the theater, essays, short stories . . . . His book, Rimo de solá (Aquí como allá) opened the way for the creation of a school of black poetry in the Cuban exile." [Hortensia Ruiz Del Vizo, Black Poetry of the Americas (A Bilingual Anthology) 64 (Miami: Ediciones Universal, 1972)]

Jack Rojas
Author of Tambor sin cuero, doctorate from the University of Madrid in law and philosophy [Source: Hortensia Ruiz Del Vizo, Black Poetry of the Americas (A Bilingual Anthology) 68 (Miami: Ediciones Universal, 1972)]

Anisia Meruelo González
González "was born in Cuba. She is a lawyer and holds a doctorate from the University of Florida State University." [Hortensia Ruiz Del Vizo, Black Poetry of the Americas (A Bilingual Anthology) 77 (Miami: Ediciones Universal, 1972)]


Antonis Constantinou Indianos

Czech Republic

Quirin Mickl

Karel Hynek Mácha
(1810-1836) [Wikipedia]

Pavel Hviezdoslav
Slovak poet, lawyer, translator, playwright, journalist [See: Stanislav Smatlaz, Hviezdoslav: A National and World Poet ( Bratislava, Obzor-Tatrapress, t. Nitrianske tlac., Nitra, 1969)]

Viktor Dyk
Czech poet, prose writer, playwright, politician, and lawyer [Wikipedia]


Oscar Thorwald Johan Alpers
teacher, journalist, writer, poet, lawyer, judge [See: O.T.J. Alpers, Cheerful Yesterdays (London: Murray, 1928)(correspondence & reminescence)]

Jens [Janus] Djurhuus
The Faroese Literature Writers' Association website notes that Djurhuus "studied the classical languages and was influenced by Greek and Hellenistic culture. Graduated in Law in 1911 and practiced as a lawyer in Denmark and in the Faroe Islands. . . . [H]is first poem was published in 1901. . . . [I]n his best poems he makes the Faroese language sound as if it was one of the ancient classical languages. His first collection, 'Yrkingar,' was published in 1914 and was the first collection of poems in Faroese. As a translator his most important work is the translation of Homer's Iliad into Faroese." [Jens [or Janus] Hendrik Oliver Djurhuus, Yrkingar (Keypmannahavn (København), Hitt Föroyska Studentafelagið gav út, 1923)(8vo. 128, [4] pp. + frontispiece portrait of the author; 2nd ed., enlarged; first edition appeared in 1914)]

Dominican Republic

Felix Maria del Monte
lawyer, poet, playwright

Manuel de Jesus Galvan
statesman, poet, educator, lawyer, diplomat

José Francisco Peña Gómez
Educator, poet, lawyer, writer and political tactician, unsuccessfully sought the presidency of the Republic in 1990 and 1994, losing to former President Joaquín Balaguer. He again was the candidate of the PRD in 1996, losing this time to current President Leonel Fernández. Gómez died May 12, 1998.

Joaquín Balaguer
lawyer, poet, university law professor, diplomat, author; president of the Dominican Republic for six terms serving for 22 years; Balaguer died on July 15, 2002 at a hospital in Santo Domingo.

Dutch (country unassigned)

Heinrich van der Haer
(1540- )
[Lawrence B. Phillips, The Dictionary of Biographical Reference471 (Philadelphia: Gebbie & Co. 1889)]

Dutch East Indies

Muhammad Iqbal
lawyer, poet, and philosopher
[See: Poems from Iqbal: renderings in English verse with comparative Urdu text (New York : Oxford University Press, 2004)(V.G. Kiernan trans.); Tulip in the Desert: A Selection of the Poetry of Muhammad Iqbal ([Montreal]: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2000)(Mustansir Mir trans.); Secrets of the Self: A Philosophical Poem (New Delhi: Arnold-Heinemann, 1978)(Reynold Alleyne Nicholson, trans.)]

East Prussia

E.T.A. Hoffman


José Joaquin Olmedo
lawyer, educator, poet, playwright

Remigio Crespo Toral
author, poet, journalist, lawyer, & educator. See generally, José María Vargas, Remigio Crespo Toral: El Hombre y la Obra (Quito: Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana, 1962)(on the life of Toral, an Ecuadorean intellectual).

Carlos Alberto Arroyo Del Rio
Jurist, poet, member of the Ecuadorian Language Academy, politician from Guayaquil, becomes President of Ecuador in 1940. In 1941 there was a war with Peru, the southern part of the country was invaded and the Rio de Janeiro Protocol (1942) was imposed by force on Ecuador. Del Rio was removed from office during the Revolution of the May 28, 1944. In his book Bajo el Imperio del Odio (Under the Empire of Hate), Dr. Arroyo del Río presents his personal view of the events.

Jorge Carrera Andrade

Fabian Salgado Robayo
lawyer, poet, and writer

Cristina Reyes Hidalgo
Born in Guayaquil, she is a lawyer from UCSG (Universidad Catolica Santiago de Guayaquil). She completed her apprenticeship at the Court of Law and then worked for an attorney in Guayaquil. Contestant in the Miss World 2004 contest; works as anchorwoman of the local newscast at TC Television. Hidalgo is also a poet.


Sixth-century Coptic lawyer and poet
[Discorus of Aphrodito: His Works and His World]

Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti
writer & poet, jurist, scholar, historian, biographer, grammarian and commentator on religious and poetic works; died in Cairo

Hifni Nassef
poet, jurist, researcher, Nassef was one of the leaders of Egypt's literary revival in the late 19th & early 20th century.

Muhammad Hafiz Ibrahim
Poet, journalist, translator, author; also a lawyer; served as an officer in the Egyptian army until his retirement in 1901. Hafiz poetry was devoted to nationalistic themes and he became director of literature (1911-1913) at the national library at Cairo.

Mahmoud Khairat
lawyer, poet, musician and sculptor

El Salvador

Juan Jose Canas
physician, poet, author, historian, diplomat, jurist, philosopher, politician. Author of the National anthem and diplomat to Chile (1875-77); member of Parliament, 1872.

Francisco Antonio Gavidia
author, philosopher, lawyer, poet, journalist

Hugo Lindo
diplomat, lawyer, bookstore and gallery owner, writer, poet


[Given sufficient time and energy we may someday devise biographical sketches, web resources, and bibliographical references for each of the names on the following working list of English lawyer/poets. My thanks to Marlyn Robinson at the Tarleton Law Library, University of Texas who provided the first names for this list.]

John Gower (1320/1330-1408); Thomas Occleve (circa 1370)[see See Cassell's New Biographical Dictionary 595 (London: Cassell Publishing Co., 1895)]; Thomas More (c.1477-1535); Nicholas Brigham ( -1559); Thomas Phaer (c.1510-1560)(lawyer and a physician; one of the first Englishman to translate Virgil); George Ferrars (1512-1579)(see: Lawrence B. Phillips, The Dictionary of Biographical Reference 385 (Philadelphia: Gebbie & Co., 1889); Walter Haddon (1514/15-1571); George Gascoigne (1525-1577); George Puttenham (c. 1529-1591); Thomas Norton (1532-1584); Thomas Sackville (1536-1608); Barnabe Googe (1540-1594); Thomas Newton (1542-1607)(lawyer, poet, physician); William Warner (1558 ? -1609); Gabriel Harvey (1543/1545-1630); Abraham Fraunce (c. 1558- 1633); Alexander Hume (1560-1609); Francis Bacon (1561-1626); John Ross (1563-1607); John Hoskyns (1566-1638); John Davies (1569-1626); Edward Hake (1566-1604); John Hoskyns (John Hoskins)(1566-1638); Thomas Campion (1567-1620); Sir John Davies (1569-1626); Richard Martin (1570-1618)[See Francis Godolphin Waldron, Sylvester Harding & Edward Harding, The Biographical Mirror 144-145 (S. & E. Harding, 1795)]; Robert Aytoun (1570-1638); Marc Lescarbot (1570-1642); John Dunne (1572-1631); Benjamin Rudyerd (Rudierde)(Rudyard)(1572-1658); Laurence Anderton (1577-1620); Nathaniel Ward (1578-1652); Christopher Brooke ( ? -1628); Sir John Beaumont (1583-1627); Robert Aylett (1583-1655); John Ford (1586-1639); John Stephens ( - )(author of Satyrical Essayes Characters and Others (London, 1615)(author of a play titled "Cynthia's Revenge, or Menander's Extasy"); Richard Brathwait (1588-1673); William Brown of Tavistock (1590-1645); Mildmay Fane (1602-1666); Thomas Nicholas (1602-1668); Edmund Waller (1606-1687); Edward Hyde (Earl of Clarendon)(1609-1674); John Cleveland (1613-1658); Alexander Brome (1620-1666);John Hall (1627- ); Nicholas Hookes (1628-1712); John Dryden (1631-1700) [Poetry]; Thomas Flatman (1633-1688); George Meriton (1634-in or before 1711); Thomas Shadwell (c. 1642-1692); James Harrington (1644-1693); Nahum Tate (1652-1715); John Banks (c. 1653-1706); Stephen Harvey (1655-1707); Charles Hopkins (1664-1700); William Congreve (1670-1729); Nicholas Rowe (1674-1718); William Somerville (1675-1696); Edward Young (1683-1765); Giles Jacob (1686- 1744); Daniel Bellamy, the elder (1687- ); Lewis Theobald (1688-1744); David Thomas Morgan (c. 1695-1746); Francis Chute (1697–1745); Richard Savage (1698-1742/43); Christopher Brooke (? -1627/1628); Isaac Hawkins Browne (1706-1760); George Weller (1710-1778); William Whitehead (1715-1785); Gorges Edmond Howard (1715-1786); Henry Fielding (1717-1754); Sir John Hawkins (1719-1789); William Blackstone (1723-1780)[Wikipedia]; Theodosius Forrest (1728-1784);William Cowper (1731-1800) [poetry]; George Colman (the Elder)(1732-1794); Samuel Pegge (1733–1800); James Boswell (1740-1795); George Hardinge (1743-1816); William Jones (1746-1794); Walter Churchey (1747-1805); Jonathan Mitchel Sewell (1748-1808); Capel Lofft (1751-1824); William Roscoe (1753-1831)[Wikipedia]; Joseph Richardson (1755-1803); William Gifford (1756-1826); Thomas Le Mesurier (1756-1822)[Wikipedia]; French Laurence (1757-1809); John Mofitt (1758-1809); Christopher Emmet (1761-1788); John Thelwall (1764-1834); Basil Montague (1770-1851); Walter Scott (1771-1832); William Battine (1765-1836); William Rough (c 1772-1838); Edward Atkyns Bray (1773- ); Robert Southey (1774-1843); James Smith (1775-1839); Thomas Frognall Dibdin (1776-1847); William Burt (1778-1826); Robert Grant (1779-1838); John Herman Merivale (1779-1844); Paul Moon James (1780 – 1854); John Bowdler (1783-1815); Barron Field (1786-1846); Bryan Waller Procter (1787-1874)[Wikipedia]; John Hughes (1790-1857); Stacey Grimaldi (1790-1863); Henry Montague Grover (1791-1866); John Hamilton Reynolds (1794-1852); Edward Smirke (1795–1875); Thomas Noon Talfourd [Talford] (1795-1854)(dramatist, lawyer, poet, orator, statesman, essayist);Henry Neele (1798-1828); William Kennedy (1799-1871); Thomas Forbes Kelsall (1799-1872); Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800-1859); George Moir (1800-1870); Charles Jeremiah Wells (c.1800-1879); Abraham Hayward (1801-1884); Samuel Carter Hall (1801-1889)[called to the Bar at the Inner Temple 1841; Poems published in 1850; founder and editor of the Amulet and editor of the New Monthly Magazine; established and edited the Art Journal]; Winthrop Mackworth Praed (1802-1839); Charles Robert Forrester (1803-1850); Capel Lofft (1806-1873); Walter Prideaux (1806-1889); Samuel Warren (1807-1877); Charles Rann Kennedy (1808-1867); William George Thomas Barter (1808-1871?); John Francis Waller (1809-1894); Francis Hastings Charles Doyle (1810-1888); Martin F. Tupper (1810-1889); Alfred Domett (1811-1887); Thomas Osborne Davis (1814-1845); Philip James Bailey (1816-1902); Tom Taylor (1817-1880); Alexander Andrew Knox (1818-1891); Ernest Charles Jones (1819-1868) [Cambridge History of English and American Literature] [Ernest Jones] [Wikipedia]; Thomas Henry Gem (1819-1881); Isaac John Innes Pocock (1819-1886) [barrister, poet & dramatist; educated at Eton and Merton College, Oxford, (B.A., 1842); called to the bar November 19, 1847; author of "Franklin and Other Poems"]; Edward Vaughan Hyde Kenealy (1819-1880); Robert Pipon Marett (1820-1884); Abraham S. Holmes (1821-1908); William Digby Seymour (1822-1895)(born in County Galway, Ireland; called to the English Bar at Middle Temple in June, 1846; Q.C. in 1861); Richard Doddridge Blackmore (1825-1900)(schooled at Oxford and trained as a lawyer; abandoned his legal career due to ill-health; professor of classical literature; author of fourteen novels and several volumes of poetry); Frederick James Furnivall (1825-1910); George Meredith (1828-1909); Alexander Gilchrist (1828-1861); Arthur Joseph Munby (1828-1910) [short bio]; Sebastian Evans (1830-1909); Frederic Harrison (1831-1923); Charles Stuart Calverly (1831-1884); Vernon Lushington (1832-1912); Walter T. Watts-Dunton (1832-1914)[Wikipedia]; Richard Harris (1833- ); Edward Henry Pember (1833-1911); John Byrne Leicester Warren (1835-1895); Alfred Austin (1835-1913); William Schwenk Gilbert (1836-1911); Pamphile Lemay (1837-1918); Robert Spence Watson (1837- )L Charles Isaac Elton (1839-1900); Herman Charles Merivale (1839-1906); Louis-Honoré Fréchette (1839-1908); Alphonse Basile Routhier (1839-1920); Nicholas Flood Davin (1840-1901); William Cosmo Monkhouse (1840-1901);Richard Henn Collins (1842–1911); John Payne (1842-1916); William Reynell Anson (1843-1914); Douglas W. Freshfield (1845-1934)(mountaineer, writer, poet and geographer); Fred Edward Weatherley (1848-1929); Walter Herries Pollock (1850-1926); William Abdullah Quilliam (W.H. Quilliam)(1851-1932); Francis Burdett Money-Coutts (1852-1923)[selected poetry]; William Douw (1857-1954); Frederick William Waldebrand Pattenden (1857-1889); James Kenneth Stephen (1859-1892); Alexander Somers (1861- ) [solicitor in Manchester; born in Salford, of Irish parents]; Henry Newbolt (1862-1938); Allen Upward (1863-1926) [poet, lawyer, politician and teacher, a member of the Plymouth Brethern, pamphleteer for Irish Home Rule; his early Imagist work was edited by Ezra Pound][Allen Upward]; John S. Arkwright (1872-1954); John Buchan (Baron Tweedsmuir)(1875-1940); Patrick Slater (1880-1951); Herbert Ashley Asquith (1881-1947); J. Moulton Parry (1882- ); Frederick William Harvey (1888–1957); Alan Patrick Herbert (1890-1971); John Haines ( - ) [Gloucestershire solicitor; author of Poems (London: Selwyn & blount, 1921)]; (Arthur) Owen Barfield (1898-1997); Alain Grandbois (1900-1975); Arthur Frederic Brownlow Fforde (1900-1985); Richard Elwes (1901-1968); Christmas Humphreys (1901-1983); Joseph (Todd Gordon) Macleod (1903-1984); R(onald) G(ilmour) Everson (1903-1992); Bryan Walter Guinness (1905-1992); A(braham) M(oses) Klein (1909-1972); Michael Albery (1910-1975); Roy Broadbent Fuller (1912-1991); Brian William Haines (1918- ) [See, Enis McIntire (ed.), International Who's Who in Poetry and Poets' Encyclopedia 220 (Cambridge, England: Melrose Press Ltd., 10th ed., 2001)(author of Four Winds (1948), A Book of Epigrams (1950), Lark in the Morning (1952), Block Tower (1960)]; Peter Anthony Grayson Rawlinson (1919-2006); Brian Monty Waltham (1925-2002); Sue Lenier (1957- )(solicitor, playwright, poet; author of Swansongs and Rain Following)

John Anthony Robert
(1935- )
[See, Enis McIntire (ed.), International Who's Who in Poetry and Poets' Encyclopedia 437 (Cambridge, England: Melrose Press Ltd., 10th ed., 2001)]

Geoffrey Hoffman
(1937- )

James Barrie Stanley Townend
(1938- )

Raficq Abdulla
(1940- )
Raficq Abdulla was born in 1940 in Durban, South Africa. His father, an Indian, was a businessman and landowner and businessman with ancestoral ties to Hyderabad in South India. Abdualla mother was a Malay medical doctor. Abdulla attended Oxford University and practiced as a corporate lawyer before becoming Secretary to Kingston University, London. He is a self-described with a special devotion to poetry. He has published new interpretations of the Sufi poets Rumi (Words of Paradise) and Attar (Conference of the Birds).

Michael Baron

Arthur Gibson
(1943- )

Richard Owen Pleader
(1945- )

Marlene Nourbese Philip (1947- )

Brue Barnes
(1948- )
Author of The Love Life of the Absent Minded (1993).

Fay Green
(1954- )
[See, Enis McIntire (ed.), International Who's Who in Poetry and Poets' Encyclopedia 210 (Cambridge, England: Melrose Press Ltd., 10th ed., 2001)]

Sue Lenier
(1957- )
Author of Swansongs (Oleander Press, 1982) and Rain Following (Oleander Press, 1984)

Yvonne Green
(1957- )
Yvonne Green lives in London, Oxfordshire and Israel. She was born in England in 1957, read law at the London School of Economics, and was called to the Bar in England and New York. She practiced first in New York (Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy and The Legal Aid Society) and then in London (Inner Temple). She gave up her work as a commercial barrister in 1999 in order to focus on her poetry. Green has published in Poetry Review, Modern Poetry In Translation, Arete, European Judaism, Jewish Quarterly, Jewish Renaissance, Interpreter’s House, The Wolf, Magma, P.E.N. International, The London Magazine, P.N. Review (England), Cumberland, Cimarron Review, Dimui, and Jerusalem Review (Israel). She also translates the work of Russian, Punjabi, Hebrew and French poets. Green says of her background: "My father was brought up in France, my mother in Egypt; both grandparents left the Central Asian Emirate of Boukhara around 1920. My mother's family had been part of a 2,000 year old presence in Boukhara, my father's forebear, Haham Mammon (el Moughrabi), a descendant of Maimonides, came to Boukhara from Morocco in the 17th century, to teach Judaism and never left. I am descended from a female Court Poet--Kundal Khon--who had the patronage of the last Emir of Boukhara until she left there to live in Jerusalem." [Source: Personal communication with Yvonne Green, September 20, 2007]

Thomas Charles Louis Holt
(1961- )

Anthony Bavin

Caroline Berrier
[works as a lawyer in London]

Robin Allanson
[author of The Landscapes of Division (London: Brookside Press, 1963)]

Amherst Tysson

David Neita
[author of Manuscript of Scripture Man and PURE: Passionate Unadulterated Romantic Expressions][David Neita]

Graeme Kenne

Frances Hughes

David Schiff

Caroline Natzler
Caroline Natzler lives in London, and teaches creative writing at the City University, London University (Goldsmiths' College) and the City Literary Institute. She also works as a local-authority lawyer. A collection of her stories, Water Wings was published in 1990, and Pikestaff Press brought out her poetry pamphlet, Speaking the Wetlands , in 1998. Design Fault, her first full collection, was published in 2001.


Mikko Rossi

Jyrki Rinnemaa
lawyer, poet and translator of poetry; author of a collection of poetry published by Nihil Interit, a Finnish poetry society


Philippe de Remi Beaumanoir
poet, jurist, author of medieval law texts

Guillaume Coquillart
(1421 ? 1450 ? 1452 ? - 1510)
[Source: John Rigby Hale, Civilization of Europe in the Renaissance500 (Scribner, reprint ed., 1995)]

Martíal Auvergne
See Cassell's New Biographical Dictionary 77 (London: Cassell Publishing Co., 1895)

Jean Bouchet

Jean de Coras

Etienne Forcadel
(ca. 1518-1579)
a poet, lawyer, and oenophil; author of Penus Juris Civilis (Lyon, 1550) [reference source]

Theodore De Beze

Elie Bargede
(16th century)
[Source: Lawrence B. Phillips, The Dictionary of Biographical Reference 99 (Philadelphia: Gebbie & Co., 1889)]

Étienne Pasquier
(1529-1615) [Wikipedia]

Etienne de La Boétie
humanist lawyer & poet [Wikipedia]

Philibert Bugnyon

Nicolas Rapin
(1535-1608) [Wikipedia]

Joseph Justus Scaliger
scientist, author, lawyer, philosopher, educator, poet [Wikipedia]

Robert Garnier
lawyer, poet and dramatist; author of Porcie (Portia)(1568); Hippolyte (Hippolytus)(1573); Cornelie (Cornelia)(1574); Marc-Antoine (Marc Antony)(1578); La Troade (The Trojan Women)(1579); Antigone, ou La piété (Antigone, or Piety)(1580); Bradamante (1582); Sédécie, on Les Juives (The Jewesses)(1583) [Wikipedia]

Pierre de Brachman
[Source: Lawrence B. Phillips, The Dictionary of Biographical Reference 182 (Philadelphia: Gebbie & Co., 1889)(providing no date of birth)]

Jules-César Le Besgue
Jules-César Le Besgue is a little-known lawyer and poet from Vitry; author of Quelques Sonnets Heroiques et Autres Poesies Françoises (1586)(sonnets which tell cautionary tales drawn from the lives of heroes of a still earlier time)

Francis Amboise

François de Malherbe
(1555-1628) [Wikipedia]

Claude d' Expilly

Pierre de Fermat
lawyer, mathematician, linguist, poet, and author of the Last Theorem that bears his name [Wikipedia]

Bonaventure Fourcroy

Peter Halle

Charles Perrault
Charles Perrault was born in Paris, and we while we know him today as associated with fairy tales, he was also a lawyer, poet, and critic. But it was his collection of fairy tales, Tales of Mother Goose (1697) in which he included "Little Red Riding Hood," "Sleeping Beauty," and "Cinderella" that we know Perrault today. Perrault left the law to serve as chief clerk in the king's building, superintendent's office (1664). He was involved in the creation of the Academy of Sciences and the restoration of the Academy of Painting. Upon the founding of the Academy of Inscriptions and Belles-Lettres he was made secretary. Perrault wrote poetry, revived an old epic, and got himself involved in a major literary quarrel. His lasting reputation is based on his Contes de ma Mère l'Oye, ou Histoires du temps passé (1697), a collection of fairy tales. His complete works were published in Paris, 1697-98. [Wikipedia]

Samuel de Fermat

Étienne Pavillon
(1632-1705) [Wiipedia]

Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux
(1636-1711) [Wikipedia]
critic, poet, lawyer & writer

Bernard de La Monnoye
jurist, poet, academician, and scholar of early French verse

Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon
(1674-1762) [Wikipedia]

Louis Bernard Royer
Lawyer and poet. Born in Avignon. He is better known for his poetry than for his lawyer work, although most of his work remains in manuscript. He composed in Avignon idiom, comedies, stories, fables, songs, and epigrams.

(1694-1778) [Wikipedia]

Bernard-Joseph Saurin
(1706-1781) [Wikipedia]

Alexandre Xavier Harduin
[Source: Lawrence B. Phillips, The Dictionary of Biographical Reference 478 (Philadelphia: Gebbie & Co., 1889)(providing no date of birth)]

Gottfried August Bürger

Johann Wolfgang Goethe
(1749-1832) [Wikipedia]

Sylvain Maréchal
(1750-1803) [Wikipedia]

Claude-Emmanuel de Pastoret
(1755-1840) [Wikipedia]

Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre
(1758-1794) [Wikipedia]

François Andrieux
(1759-1833) [Wikipedia]

Charles-Albert Demoustier
[See: Benjamin Vincent (ed.), A Dictionary of Biography, Past and Present. Containing the chief events in the lives of eminent persons of all ages and nations (London: Ward, Lock, & Co., 1877)]

Joseph Berchoux

Jean Nicolas Bouilly
poet, lawyer, writer of librettos for the opéra comique focusing on the French Revolutionary period [Wikipedia]

Julien Auguste Pélage Brizeux
(1803-1858) [Wikipedia]

François Andrieux

François-Juste-Marie Raynouard
(1807-1836) [Wikipedia]

Etienne-Paulin Gagne
(1808-1876) [Wikipedia]

Frédéric Antoine Ozanam
lawyer, literatist, and co-founder of the St. Vincent de Paul Society [Wikipedia]

Robert Pipon Marett
(1820-1884) [Wikipedia]

Stéphane Liégeard

Edmond Picard
Lawyer, poet, art critic [Source: Debora L. Silverman, Art Noveau in Fin-De-Siecle France: Politics, Psychology, and Style 210 (University of California Press, reprint ed., 1992)]

Jean Ajalbert
Lawyer, poet, novelist, and writer of books of travel.

Ernest Raynaud
[Source: Roger Shattuck, The Banquet Years: The Origins of the Avant Guard in France, 1885 to World War I: Alfred Jarry, Henry Rousseau, Erik Satie and Gullaume Apollinair 72 (Vintage Books, rev. ed., 1979)]

Léon Blum
(1872-1950) [Wikipedia]

Jean Follain
Born at Canisy, in Normandy, 1903; studied law at the Faculte de Caen; went to Paris in 1925 to continue his studies and began to publish his poetry; author of various collections of poetry, Le Main chaude (1933), Chants terrestres (1937), Ici-bas (1941), Transparence du monde (1943), Exister (1947), Territoires (1953), Des heures (1960), Appareil de la terre (1964), D'apres nout (1967); English translantions of Follain's work include: A World Rich in Anniversaries: Prose Poems (Grilled Flowers Press, 1979), Transparence of the World (Copper Canyon Press, Bilingual ed., 2003)(W.S. Merwin trans.), Selected Prose (Logbridge-Rhodes, 1985); Follain died in 1971.[See, Jean-Albert Bédé & William Benbow Edgerton (eds.), Columbia Dictionary of Modern European Literature 254-55 (Columbia University Press, 2nd ed., 1980)]

Dominique Gros
(1953- )
Poet, translator, critic and law professor. Gros lives in Dijon and teaches law at the University of Bourgogne; his essay, "Le 'gardien de la loi,' selon Kafka," appears in 14 Cardozo Stud. L. & Lit. 11 (2002)


Ilia Chavchavadze
( 1837-1907) [Wikipedia]

Gerzel Baazov
1904-1938) [Wikipedia]


Sebastian Brant (Brandt
(c. 1457-1521) [Wikipedia]

Joachim Mynsinger

Nicolaus Reusner

Johann Fischart
(c. 1545-1591) [Wikipedia]

Georg Philipp Harsdorffer
(1607-1658) [Wikipedia]

Daniel Caspar
(1635-1683) [Wikipedia]

Salomon (Salomo) Franck
(1659-1725) [Wikipedia]

Barthold Heinrich Brockes
(1680-1747) [Wikipedia]
[elsewhere identified as: Bartholomew Herny Brockes]

Justus Möser
(1720-1794) [Wikipedia]
lawyer, political essayist and poet who associated with the Sturm und Drang movement; state attorney at Osnabruck (1747) [See: Hans W. Baade, Justus Moser: No Promotion Based on Merit—A Translation with an Introduction, 12 J. Pub. L. 189 (1963)]

Gottfried August Bürger

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
[(Johann) Wolfgang von Goethe] [Johann Wolfgang von Goethe] [The Poems of Goethe, Bowring trans.]

Friedrich Schiller
lawyer, poet, and historian; wrote his first play, The Robbers, in 1781; later authored the plays, Wallenstein's Camp, The Maid of Orleans, and Mary Stuart and others. He died of tuberculosis in 1805. [Wikipedia]

Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann
lawyer, poet, composer, author, journalist, conductor. Born January 14, 1776 in Konigsberg, Germany. Hoffmann was master of the weird and macabre. Jacques Offenbach's opera Tales of Hoffmann is based on his work. He died June 25, 1822 in Berlin, Germany. [Wikipedia]

Ludwig Uhland
Württemberg poet, author, lawyer, professor, and representative in the Frankfurt National Assembly [Wikipedia]

Heinrich Heine
lawyer, poet, journalist, playwright [Wikipedia]

Nikolaus Becker
(1809-1845) [Wikipedia]

Christian Matthias Theodor Mommsen
Mommsen was a journalist, author, poet, educator, historian, and lawyer. He was born on November 30, 1817 in Garding in Schleswig, the son of a pastor. He studied at Kiel for three years, examined Roman inscriptions in France and Italy for the Berlin Academy (1844-47), and in 1848 was appointed as a law professor Leipzig. In 1852 he became professor of Roman law at Zurich. He edited the Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum, and helped to edit the Monumenta Germaniae Historica. In 1882 he was tried and acquitted on a charge of slandering Bismarck in an election speech. His greatest works remain his History of Rome (3 vols., 1854-55) and The Roman Provinces (1885). He was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1902. He died November 1, 1903 in Charlottenberg, Germany. [Wikipedia]

Theodor Storm
lawyer, journalist, poet, author [Wikipedia]

Joseph Viktor von Scheffel
(1826-1886) [Wikipedia]

(Julius Sophus) Felix Dahn
jurist, poet, novelist, and historian and scholar of German antiquity

Dahn studied law and philosophy in Munich and Berlin (1849-53) and taught jurisprudence at the universities of Munich, Wüzburg, Königsberg, and Breslau, where he was appointed rector in 1895. [Source: Encyclopaedia Britannica] [Wikipedia]

Nickolaus Eduard Becker
(1842- )
[Source: Philip Mansel, Paris Between Empires: Monarchy and Revolution 1814-1852 362 (St. Martins Press, 2003][See: Robert E. Ward, A Bio-Bibliography of German-American Writers, 1670-1970 (New York: Kraus International Publications, 1985)]

Heinrich Bulthaupt
(1849-1905) [Wikipedia]

Hermann Iseke

Alfred Mombert
Jewish mystical poet (first book of poetry was entitled Tag un Nacht. Gedichte (Heidelbert: J. Hörning, 1894); influenced by Nietzsche; precursor of Expressionism; Mombert abandoned his career in 1906 to pursue the writing of poetry. [Wikipedia]

Jacob Picard

Walter Serner
Serner's birth name was Walter Eduard Seligmann. He was born January 15, 1889 in Karlsbad, Austria (now Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic); associated with the Dada movement in Zurich and Geneva [Wikipedia]

Max Hamburger
Attorney and legal publicist, Wurzburg, Germany, 1924-1939; lecturer in ancient and legal philosophy, London, England, 1939-1948; member of the department pf philosophy and political science, New School for Social Research, New York City, 1949-1970; lecturer at Columbia University, 1952; author of articles on law, political science, and rhetoric; author of poetry in English and German [Source: Contemporary Authors, Gale]

Franz-Josef Degenhardt
(1931- ) [Wikipedia]

Heiko Michael Hartmann
(1957- )
author of two novels, MOI (1997) and Unterm Bett (Under the Bed, 2000), poetry, and short stories; lawyer; lives and works in Berlin [Triumph of a Pants Salesman]


JB Danquah
Danquah was born at Bempong in December, 1895 and educated in law and philosophy in London. When he returned to the Gold Coast (Ghana) in 1927, he established a private law practice and in 1931 founded the Times of West Africa, a newspaper. In 1934 he served as secretary to the delegation to the British Colonial Office in 1934, and then as Secretary General of the Gold Coast Youth Conference from 1937 to 1947. Danquah was elected to the Legislative Assembly in 1951. In 1960 he ran for President, and unsuccessful, he was imprisoned in 1961 under the Preventive Detention Act. Released in 1962, he was imprisoned again in 1964. Danquah is the author of The Akan Doctrine of God: A Fragment of Gold Coast Ethics and Religion (London: Lutterworth Press, 1944); Gold Coast: Akan Laws and Customs and the Akim Abuakwa Constitution (1928). He died on February 4, 1965 in Nsawam.

Angela Dwamena-Aboagye
Angela Dwamena-Aboagye is the uthor of Thoughts of God (Xulon Press)(reflections and poems).


(ca. 640 B.C.-ca. 561 B.C.)
classical Greek period; Athenian ruler, lawyer, and poet [Wikipedia]

Agathias Scholasticus
(ca. 532-ca. 580)
lawyer, historian, and poet, author of Historia; native of Myrina in Asia Minor; educated in Constantinople; poetry was both religious and secular [Wikipedia]

Aristotelis Valaoritis

Konstantinos Tsatsos
(1899–1987) [Wikipedia]

Georgios S. Sepheriades

Michael Stassinopoulos
Stassinopoulous was a poet and legal scholar.

"Stassinopoulous was born at Calamata on July 27, 1903, and educated at Athens University where, for 30 years from 1937, he was a lecturer in Administrative Law; from 1939 to 1968 he was also Professor of Administrative Law at the High School of Political Sciences in Athens.

"In 1952 he was Minister for the Press and Minister of Labour, and again served as Minister for the press six years later. In 1953 he became chairman of the Hellenic National Broadcasting Institute's Administrative Board, and performed the same role for the National Opera until 1963." [The Daily Telegraph (London), November 2, 2002]

Stassinopoulos "challenged the legitimacy of the military junta which ruled Greece from 1967 to 1974; after the dictatorship fell, he acted as interim president of the country for six months." [Id.]

His poetry includes: Harmonia (1956) and Two Seasons (1979).

Miltos Sachtouris
(1919- 2005)
Miltos Sachtouris was born in Athens. He studied law, but early on abandoned legal practice to devote himself to writing. Sachtouris received various awards for his poetry.

Titos Patríkios
(1928-    )
Patríkios was born in Athens, where he read law and took up a practice as a lawyer. He published his first poem in 1943 and his first collection of poetry in 1954. In 1959-1964 studied sociology and philosophy in Paris, and then, in 1964, became head of research at the Greek Centre of Social Sciences, until the a military government forced him to flee the country. Patríkios hasnow published fifteen collections of poetry. [Bio: Poetry International Web]

Kostas Papageorgiou
(1945- ) [Wikipedia]

Vassilis Steriadis
(1947-2003) [Wikipedia]

Kipos Esokleistos
journalist, lawyer and Melbourne-based poet; author of Tsonis (or, Garden Enclosed)(2003) and Alexipyrina (or, Inflammable)(2004)[Kipos Esokleistos]


Lorenzo Montufar y Rivera
lawyer, diplomat, author, poet, journalist, historian

Otto-Raúl González
(1921-2007) [Wikipedia]

Luis Enrique Sam Colop
Sam Colop is a linguist, lawyer, poet, and newspaper columnist whose first language is K'iche' Maya. He received his Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo and is now a leader in the multilingual, multicultural democracy movement in Guatemala. [Wikipedia]


Oswald Durand
(1840- )

Georges Sylvain
(1866-1925) [Wikipedia]

Duracine Vaval
Vaval "studied in Paris and went on to qualify for the practice of law. He has been a teacher as well as a civil judge in his home city and in Port-au-Prince. He was at one time the chief of the Haitian Legation in London. His publications include L'art Dans la Vie, 1900; Conferences Historiques, 1907; Coup d'Oeil sur l'Etat Financier de la République, a brochure, 1907; Litterature Haitienne, critical essays, Paris, 1911; Les Stances Haitiennes, Paris, 1912; and L'Ame Noire, 1933, also published in Paris." [Lanston Hughes & Arna Bontemps (eds.), The Poetry of the Negro 1746-1949 407 (Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, 1951)]

Emil Roumè (Emile Roumer)(1903-    )
Roumer "attended the Institute of St. Louis de Gonzague and later studied in France and England before entering the practice of law. He was one of the group that founded the Revue Indigenè. His publications include Poèmes d'Haiti et de France, 1925, and Nouveaux Poèmes, 1945." [Lanston Hughes & Arna Bontemps (eds.), The Poetry of the Negro 1746-1949 405 (Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, 1951)] Emil Roumè's poetry has not, so far as we know, been translated into English.

Clément Benoit
(1904- )
lawyer, poet, folklorist; author of Rhythmes Nègres and Chants Sauvage (Port-au-Prince, Haiti: Imprimerie du College Vertieres, [1942])

Charles Pressoir

Félix Morisseau-Leroy
aka Moriso Lewa
(1912-1998) [Wikipedia]

Marguerite Laurent
Founder of the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network [Red, Black, & Midnight]

Holland (or more accurately: The Netherlands)

Jean Polit
(ca. 1554-ca. 1601)
[Jean Polit]

Jacob Cats
Poet and statesman; educated as a lawyer. Cats was, in retirement, a farmer. "He was the author of many books of poetry that, although relatively unknown elsewhere, were so popular in the Netherlands for about 200 years, he was given the name Father Cats. His autobiogrpahy, Eighty-two Years of My Life, was published posthumously in 1734." [Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia] [Wikipedia]

Hugo Grotius (Huigh de Groot)(1583-1645) [Wikipedia]


Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft
Historian, poet, lawyer, author, playwright [Wikipedia]

Jan III van Foreest
Lawyer, poet, mayor of Hoorn

Johan van Heemskerk
(1597-1656) [Wikipedia]

Joan Leonardsz Blasius

Pieter Burmann

Pieter Boddaert
Lawyer in Middleburg; poet & historian

Louis de Holberg

Theodoor Snakenburg
(early 18th century)
Identified as a lawyer & poet in The Grove Dictionary of Art entry on Cornelis Troost (1697-1750)(Snakenburg commissioned a series of pastels by Troost which one become one of his best known works)

Willem Bilderdyck
See Cassell's New Biographical Dictionary 135-36 (London: Cassell Publishing Co., 1895)

C.W. Antony
(1767- )

Samuel Iperusz
(1769-1845) [Wikipedia]

Isaak da Costa
(1798-1860) [Encyclopedia Britannica]

Jacob van Lennep
Jacob van Lennep was state's attorney (1852), and served in the legislature (1853-56). He is best known for his Walter Scott influenced historical novels, influenced The Adopted Son (1833) and The Rose of Dekama (1836). He also wrote verse, and translated Byron, Tennyson, and other poets. [Wikipedia]

André Henri Constant van Hasselt
(1806-1874) [Wikipedia]

Carel Vosmaer
(1826-1888) [Wikipedia]

Pieter Jelles Troelstra
(1860-1930) [Wikipedia]

Jacob Israël de Haan
(1881-1924) [Wikipedia]

Henricus WJM Keuls
(1883-1968)(Henricus Wijbrandus Jacobus Maria Keuls)

Abel J. Herzberg
(1893-1989) [Wikipedia]

Martinus Nijhoff
Dutch lawyer, author, poet, playwright, journalist. Reputed to have been the greatest Dutch poet of his generation. [Wikipedia]

Herman J. Scheltema
(1906- )
Jurist and poet

Herman Bianchi
(1924- )
Criminologist, jurist, poet and historian; writing under the pseudoynm, Thomas Cashet, author of A Breviary of Torment (1991); born in Rotterdam, Netherlands; Ph.D. from Free University, Amsterdam.

Afshi Ellian


Imre Mádach
(1823-1864) [Wikipedia]
lawyer, patriot, poet, playwright

Ádám Pálóczi Horváth
poet, folklorist, officer, lawyer, and judge

József Katona
[See, Enis McIntire (ed.), International Who's Who in Poetry and Poets' Encyclopedia 694 (Cambridge, England: Melrose Press Ltd., 10th ed., 2001)]

Sigmund Beöthy
(1819- )
Sigmund Beöthywas born at Komorn, February 17, 1819. He took part in the war for liberty in 1848. He wrote law treatises, plays, poems, and books for youth.

Miksa Fenyo
(1877-1972) [Wikipedia]

László Bródy
Jewish lawyer, poet; author of Nem kellenek már madarak (Budapest, 1939)


Snorri Sturluson
lawyer, poet, historian, member of the Hungarian Parliament; considered one of Hungary's greatest philosophical poets [Wikipedia]

Bjarni Vigfusson Thoravensen
Romantic poet and jurist; born in Brautarholt and brought up at Hlidarendi; attended Copenhagen University at the age of 15 to study law. After government service in Denmark, Thoravensen was appointed a deputy justice in Reykjavik (1811), and justice of the Supreme Court in 1817. In 1833 he became Governor of North and East Iceland. [Source: Chambers Biographical Dictionary (1997)]

Hannes Hafstein
politician, poet, lawyer [Wikipedia]

Einar Benediktsson
author and lawyer; his collections of poetry include: Hafblik (1906), Hrannir (1913), Vogar (1921), Hvammar (1930) [Einar Benediktsson] [Wikipedia]


Michael Madhu Sudan Dutt
Bengali poet, lawyer, journalist, playwright. Dutt is sometimes portrayed as the greatest native poet of India in the 19th century. He was born at Sagandari, in the district of Jessore in Bengal, January 25, 1824. His father worked in Calcutta and the young Dutt attended school at a Hindu college in Calcutta. He left the college in 1842, ran away from his father, and adopted the Christian religion. Returning to his studies at Bishop's college, Dutt studied Greek and Latin and modern European languages, and in 1848 departed for Madras where he wrote poems in English. He returned to Calcutta in 1856, and now, writing in Bengali, he composed "Sarmishtha," "Padmavati," and "Krishna Kumari" all which were published from 1858 to 1861. Dutt then began to compose his poetry in blank verse, his first effort being "Tilottama," and then a larger epic based on the Sanskrit, Ramayana, in 1861, which resulted in great prominence. After the appearance of his grand epic, Dutt left for Europe in 1862, and lived in England where he was admitted to the bar. In 1867, he returned to India and worked as a barrister in Calcutta. He died in Calcutta on June 29, 1873. [Wikipedia]

Hemchandra Banerjee

Shibli Nomani
Lawyer, poet, historian, teacher [Wikipedia]

Mohini Mohan Chatterji

Hari Singh Gour
(1870-1949) [Wikipedia]

Chitta Ranjan Das
lawyer, poet, journalist and politician; a founder of the Swarajya Party [Wikipedia] [Chitta Ranjan Das]

Nizamuddin Ahmed

Syed Ghulam Bhik Nairang
(1875-1952) [Wikipedia]

Gopabandhu Das
Poet, lawyer, journalist; Gopanbandhu Das: Poems Written in Prison (Sumanyu Setpathy trans.) [See: Shreeram Chandra, Gopabandhu Das (New Delhi: National Book Trust, India, 1976)] [Wikipedia]

Muhammad Iqbal
(1877-1938) [Wikipedia]

Brij Narayan Chakbast
aka Brij Narain Chakbast
(1882-1926) [Wikipedia]

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar
(1883-1966) [Wikipedia]

Govind Ballabh Pant
Hindu patriot, lawyer, poet [Wikipedia]

Raja Durga Parshad
Magisterate and tauleqedar in District Sandela,Uttar Pardesh; avid calligrapher, author, lawyer, poet, and historian

Asaf Ali

Khushwant Singh
(1915- )
editor, diplomat, teacher, UN employee, lawyer, parliamentarian, novelist, scholar, poet, critic [Wikipedia]

Shirish Atre-Pai
(1929- ) [Wikipedia]

Sharanjit Singh
Surjit judge, poet from Jalandhar

Laxmi Mall Singhvi
(1931- )

Monazirul Islam
(1946- )
[See, Enis McIntire (ed.), International Who's Who in Poetry and Poets' Encyclopedia 262 (Cambridge, England: Melrose Press Ltd., 10th ed., 2001)]

Jagmeet Singh Brar
(1958- ) [Wikipedia]

Mahe Jabeen
(1961- ) [Wikipedia]

Anmole Prasad
Prasad is a practicing lawyer and writer; resides in Kalimpong, West Bengal, India; editor of FLATfile, a creative writing journal, and the literary pages of Himal Magazine (

P.T. Narendra Menon
Lawyer-poet of Ottapalam

Ghulam Nabi Gauhar
Kashmiri lawyer, poet, writer and historian

Bhau Panchabhai

Ajay Nandalike

Anil Panachooran
[newspaper article]

Shirish Atre-Pai

Keshav Dayal


Mohammed Yamin
Sumatra lawyer, politician, writer, poet
[Source: Patrick Witton, Lonely Planet Indonesia 27 (Lonely Planet Publications, 7th ed., 2003)]


Abu'l-¿Abbaús Marvazè
8th-9th century (?)
poet, jurist, and traditionist, Marv, Khaleghi-Motlagh [Encyclopedia Iranica]

Hamid Mosaddegh
Book of poetry: aabi-khaakestari-siaah

Abul Jorjaúnè
(10th century)
Poet, jurist and literateur

Jalal Al-Din Rumi
[Rumi] [Rumi Poetry] [Wikipedia]
[Jalalu'ddin Rumi] [Poet of Love and Tumult] [Rumi]

Nizam-od-Din Obayd-i Zakani
(ca.1270 - ca.1370)
[brief note]

Davaúnè Jalacl-al-D'n Moháammad
(15th century)
Theologian, philosopher, jurist, poet
[Source: Encyclopedia Iranica]

Sayyed Moháammad-Bacqer Daúmaúd
(17th century)
Theologian, philosopher, jurist, poet
[Source: Encyclopedia Iranica]

Ostad Elahi
(1895-1974) [Wikipedia]

Abolmohsen Salemi
(1913- ) [Wikipedia]

Mohammad Ali Eslami Nodooshan
(1925-    ) [Wikipedia]

Esfandiar Mosharraf
(1934-    )
Esfandiar Mosharraf was born in Shahrekord, Iran, in January 1934. He studied law at Tehran University where he graduated from in 1955. His primary employment has been with the Social Security Organization and as administrative at the Rehabilitation Society. He retired in 1975 from government service and commenced work as a lawyer. Mosharraf wrote poetry from early youth, drawing primarily on the Ghazal form. He writes under the name "Mosharraf." In 1978, Mosharraf published a series of social and political poems in On the Way To Freedom. His work now appears in Persian journals and newspapers and anthologies of Persian poetry. He is an active member of several well known poetical circles formed in Tehran during the last decade. [Esfandiar Mosharrf]

Tooran Shahriari Bahrami
"Tooran Shahriari Bahrami Law and poetry seem an unlikely combination, yet Tooran Shahriari Bahrami has made a mark both as a lawyer and a poet. After obtaining her BA in Law from the Tehran University in 1955, Tooran became a Legal Advisor to the Ministry of Labour, Tehran, Iran on issues related to working women and children. When she qualified the Bar in 1963, she became the only Zarathushti woman to practice law at that time. As a matter of fact, she became one of the few Iranian women lawyers of that time. Besides practicing law, she took up the post of Chief Labour Specialist and Arbitrator, Ministry of Labour, Tehran, Iran. The Iranian revolution in 1979 forced her to give up her practice as women were banned from practicing law. Having an inherent love for literature and poetry, she turned from law to verse. Her first collection of poetry in Farsi, Gohar was printed in 1966 and named after her mother. In 1973 on of the occasion of the 2500th anniversary celebration of Persian monarchy, she won a special award for her commemorative poems about Kurush (Cyrus the Great). In the same year, she also wrote a historical portrait of women's dress in Iran entitled Negar-e- 3 November 1931 Zan. Another historical personality that Tooran has immortalized in verse is the first woman Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi. Her son Rajiv Gandhi specially acknowledged the tribute and the poem was later published in a book by the Iranian Embassy in India. Many of her poems have been printed in Iranian journals like Sefid-o-Siah, Etelaat, Banovan, Zan-e-Rooz, Mehr, as well as international publications including Kooros-e- Bozorg (USA) and Peyvand (Tajikistan). Tooran has the added distinction that several of her poems have been set to music as anthems of national events. Some of the more popular anthems include Kerman by the Kerman Cultural Association, Ahura by the Zoroastrian Student Association, and a special poem rejoicing the victory of the Iranian Soccer team in the World Cup Qualifying Championship on behalf of the Iranian Ministry of Culture. In recognition for her contribution to Iranian literature, in 1999 the Center for Women's Partnership and Participation, Tehran, Iran, under the auspices of the Office of the President of Iran, selected Tooran as one of the sixty outstanding women of Iran. Tooran has represented Iran at several national and international events including the First Persian Cultural Festival held in Sydney, Australia in 1994. The Festival was organised by the Iran Foundation of Australia to showcase the rich heritage of Iran. She was invited to the fourth gathering of Tajikis from around the world at the Unity Palace in Dushanbe in 1999. This event celebrated Tajikistan's independence as well as 1100 years' reign of the Samanian Dynasty. Tooran was officially selected to accompany the President of Tajikistan to the auditorium as part of his entourage." [Seventh World Zoroastrian Congress Houston, Texas]


Anwar Shaool
Anwar Shaool is a poet and lawyer; published Al Hassid literary magazine (1929-1938) and several collections of poems, short stories, translations and memoirs; left Baghdad in 1971 to settle in Israel.

Eliyahu Nawi
(1920- ) [Wikipedia]

Kamil Qazanchi


Ibrahim an-Nazzam
Muslim theologian, poet, historian, jurist

Aly Shukr Bayati
(20th century)
Turkmen lawyer and poet


[John Denham (1615-1669)] [Arthur Dawson (ca. 1695-1775)] [Matthew Concanen (1701–1749)] [John Kelly (    -1751)(barrister of the Inner Temple, London; author of The married Philosopher (1732), Timon in Love, or the Innocent Theft (1733), The Fall of Bob, or The Oracle of Gin (1739), The Levee (1741)] [Geroge Canning (the elder)( -1771)(went to London in 1757 here he became a barrister; author of Poems (London, 1767); A Translation ofAntipLucretius (1766)(translation from the French)] [Arthur Murphy (1727-1805)] [William O'Brien Lardner (   -1808)] [Henry Flood (1732-1791)] [Hugh Kelly (1739-1777)] [William Cooke (ca. 1740-1824)(born and educated in Cork; went to London in 1766 where he became a barrister; author of Memoris of Charles Macklin and Memoris of Samuel Foote)] [Edmond Malone (1741-1812)] [Theophilus Swift (ca. 1746- )] [John Philpot Curran (1750-1817) [William Ball (1751-1824)] [Isaac Jackman (ca. 1752-1831)] [William Preton (1753-1807)] [Hugh George Macklin (   -1819)(served as Attorney-General of Bombay)] [Domninick Ronayne (    -ca. 1835)] [Leonard McNally (1752-1820)(member of the Irish and English Bar)] [Theobald Wolfe Tone (1763-1798)] [Henry Bennett (1766 ?-1828)] [William Cusack Bart Smith (1766-1836) [Richard Alfred Milliken (1767-1815)] [William Norcott (ca. 1770- )] [James Bernard Clinch (1770-1834)] [Amrose Hardinge Giffard (1771-1827)(beame Chief Justice of Ceylon in 1819)] [William P. Lefanu (1774-1817)] [Peter Alley (   -1840)(author of "Public Spirit," a poem (Dublin, 1793); The Tears of the Muses (London, 1794)] [Thomas Talbot (1776-1843)] [Edmund Lewis Lenthal Swift (1777-1875)] [Thomas Moore (1779-1852)(one of the first Catholics admitted to Trinity College in 1794)] [John Wilson Croker (1780-1857)] [Eaton Stannard Barrett (1786-1820)] [John Doherty (1786-1850)] [Charles Phillips (1789-1859)] [Richard Lalor Sheil (1791-1851)] [John D'Alton (1792-1867)] [John Martin Anster (1793-1867)] [Michael John O'Sullivan (1794-1845)(playwright and journalist) ] [Alexander McDonnell (1794-1875)] [John Sydney Taylor (1795-1841)] [Maziere Brady (1796-1871)] [Henry Grattan Curran (1800-1858)] [John Nelson Darby (1800-1882)] [Maurice O'Connell (ca.1802-1853)] [Thomas Kennedy (ca. 1803-1842)] [Michael Doheny (1805-1863)] [Dominick McCausland (1806-1873)] [Digby Pilot Starkey (1806-1880)] [Francis Stack Murphy (1807-1860)] [Robert Morellet Alloway (1807- )] [Hercules Ellis (1810- ?)] [Samuel Ferguson (1810-1886)] [John O'Donoghue (1813-1893)] [Thomas Osborne Davis (1814-1845)] [Joseph Sheridan Lefanu (1814-1873)] [James Anthony Lawson (1817-1887)] [Michael Joseph Barry (1817-1889)] [Edward Vaughan Hyde Kenneally (1819-1880)] [Richard Brinsley Knowles (1820-1882)] [Stephen Nolan Elrington (ca. 1820-1890)(author of Armenius, and Other Poems and Lyrics (Dublin: E. Ponsonby, 1876)] [John O'Hagan (1822-1890)] [William Digby Seymour (1822–1895)] [Robert Matthews Heron (1823- )] [Gerald Henry Supple (1823-1898)] [Thomas Ebenezer Webb (1824-1903)] [Nicholas John Gannon (1829-1875)] [Alexander Martin Sullivan (1830-1884)] [Whitley Stokes (1830-1909)] [Andrew Commins (1832- )] [Robert Reeves (1833-1889)] [Charles S.C. Bowen (1835-1896)] [Richard Henn Collins (1842-1911)] [Edwin Hamilton (1849-1919)] [John Francis Taylor (1849-1902)] [George Noble Plunkett (1851-1948)] [James Davis (ca. 1854-1907)] [John P. Kane (1860-1934)] [William Charles Hennessy (ca. 1860-1898)] [Allen Upward (1863-1920 (poet, lawyer, politician, teacher; author of Songs of Ziklag (1888) and Scented Leaves from a Chinese Jar; his autobiography was entitled Some Personalities (1921))(Wikipedia)] [Oliver St. John Gogarty (1878-1957)(author of An Offering of Swans and Other Poems (London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1924); physician, lawyer, poet; a friend of Joyce and W.B Yeats; activist in Irish politics] [Patrick Henry Pearse (1879-1916)(born in Dublin; writer, poet, lawyer, and educator; Pearse trained as a lawyer in Dublin; freedom fighter; served as commander-in-chief of the Irish Republican Brotherhood and the Irish Volunteers; led the 1916 Easter Rising which proclaimed the birth of the Irish Republic; executed on the 3rd of May] [Tom Kettle (1880-1916)] [Donagh MacDonagh (1912-1968)(poet, dramatist & lawyer)] [Roy McFadden (1921-1999)]

James (Daniel Reeves) Liddy
(1934-  )(See, Enis McIntire (ed.), International Who's Who in Poetry and Poets' Encyclopedia 314 (Cambridge, England: Melrose Press Ltd., 10th ed., 2001)

Ulick O'Connor
(1929- )
Ulick O'Connor
was educated at St. Mary's Rathmines, National University of Ireland (B.A. degree in 1949), Loyola University-New Orleans and Kings Inns-Dublin. O'Conner, a practicing lawyer, is the author of Poems of the Insurrection, and a biography, Oliver St. John Gogarthy, and Travels With Ulick (Ireland: The Mercier Press, 1967), an account of a lecture tour he made in the United States in 1965. [Ulick O'Connor][Wikipedia]

John O'Donnell
(1960- )
O'Donnell was born in Ireland in 1960. He was educated at Gonzaga College, University College Dublin, King's Inns and Cambridge University, England is now, Senior Counsel practicing in Ireland. O'Donnell's poetry has appeared in the Irish Times, The Sunday Tribune (New Irish Writing), Poetry Ireland Review, Agenda (U.K.), Stand (U.K.), and in the United States in Poetry, as well as in other journals and anthologies in Ireland, England, Australia and the United States. In 1998 he won the Hennessy/Sunday Tribune New Irish Writing Award for Poetry and and in 2001 Ireland Funds Listowel Writers' Week Prize for Best Individual Poem. In 2002 he won the Irish National Poetry Prize. His latest collection, Icarus Sees His Father Fly was published in 2004 by Daedalus Press. O'Donnell is a member of the Board of Poetry Ireland.

Nicholas Laird
Nicholas Lair is a poet and lawyer from County Tyrone, Northern Ireland; contributor to the Times Literary Supplement; London lawyer, poet and critic; grew up in Northern Ireland; his most recent collection of poems, To a Fault (Faber and Faber, 2005) won the Eric Gregory Award in 2004]

Pamela Greene
Born in Belfast; graduate of Queen's University, Belfast; qualified as a solicitor and practises law in Belfast; widely published in magazines and anthologies; author of Heartland (Lapwing Press, 1998) and Tattoo Me (Summer Palace Press, 2002) ]

[Note: On the Irish lawyer poets see, D. J. O'Donoghue, The Poets of Ireland: A Biographical and Bibliographical Dictionary of Irish Writers of English Verse (Dublin: Hodges Figgis & Co.; London: Henry Frowde, Oxford University Press, 1912)(Gale Research Co., reprint, 1968)]


Ze'ev Falk
poet, attorney, professor emeritus of law at Hebrew University Law School and distinguished professor and rector emeritus of the Beit Midrash.

Isaac Loeb Peretz
Jewish poet, novelist, playwright, and lawyer. Born at Zamosc, Poland. Peretz is associated with the Haskalah, or Jewish Enlightenment. [Wikipedia]

Eliyahu Navi
(1920- ) [Wikipedia]

Ory Bernstein
(1936- )
poet, lawyer and businessman [Ory Bernstein]


Marcus Tullius Cicero
106-43 B.C.
Roman lawyer, orator, philosopher, and statesman [Wikipedia]

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)(43 B.C.-17 A.D)
Ovid was born at Sulmona and was a poet and lawyer; in 8 A.D. he was banished by the emperor Augustus to the city of Tomi (Constantia) on the Black Sea; author of Metamorphoses, an epic poem on Greek and Roman mythology, and Fasi, on the holidays of the Roman sacred calendar [The Ovid Project: Metamorphosing the Metamorphoses] [The Love Books of Ovid (1930)(1925)] [Wikipedia]

(ca.125-ca.170 A.D.)
lawyer, poet, rhetorician, philosopher, and lecturer; educated at Carthage, Athens, and Rome. [Wikipedia]

Juvenal (D. Junius Juvenalis)(ca. 60-140 A.D.)
Roman lawyer and satirist; sixteen surviving satires [Wikipedia]

Pietro Della Vigna
(1190 ? -1249)
Vigna was chief minister of the Holy Roman emperor Frederick II, and distinguished himself as a jurist, poet, and man of letters. His sudden fall from power and tragic death captured the imagination of poets and chroniclers, including Dante. In 1249, Pietro was accused of plotting to poison the emperor. He was arrested at Cremona and carried in chains from city to city until he was blinded at San Miniato, near Florence. It is not certain whether he died there from the injury or near Pisa by suicide.

"Born in the mainland part of the kingdom of Sicily to a poor family (his parents were said to have been beggars), he studied law at Bologna, apparently at the expense of that city. In 1221 the Archbishop of Palermo presented him to Frederick, who made him a court notary. From 1225 to 1234, he served as a judge in the Magna Curia (high court) of Sicily, in which role he became the principal author of the constitution of Melfi (1231), a legal code that systematized Norman law, superimposing the new Hohenstaufen absolutism. The code was written in the elegant Latin style for which Pietro became famous. An exponent of the rhetorical ars dictaminis ('craft of composition'), Pietro influenced the literary form of Frederick's letters and public documents and, through them, the rhetoric of European courts. As a poet, writing in both Latin and Italian, he played a part in the development of the dolce stil nuovo ('sweet new style').

"From 1230 on, Pietro was Frederick's closest adviser and most trusted ambassador. He undertook repeated missions to Popes Gregory IX and Innocent IV and in 1234 traveled to England to arrange a marriage between Frederick and Isabella, sister of Henry III. The emperor's collaborator and instrument in every important act of his reign, Pietro reached the apogee of his power in 1246, when he was appointed prothonotary (chief court official) and logothete (chancellor) of the kingdom of Sicily.

"In 1249, however, Pietro was accused of plotting to poison the emperor. Arrested at Cremona, he was carried in chains from city to city until, finally, he was blinded at San Miniato, near Florence. It is not certain whether he died there from the injury or near Pisa by suicide. The question of the guilt of the man who, according to Dante, 'held both keys of Frederick's heart' preoccupied contemporary writers, most of whom absolved him." [Source: "Pietro Della Vigna," Encyclopedia Britannica] [Wikipedia]

Guido delle Colonne
(ca.1215 - ca.1285)
Jurist, poet, historian, author of several Latin chronicles and histories, and Latin prose writer whose poetry was praised by Dante and whose Latin version of the Troy legend brought the story to Italy and, by way of translation, into English literature. The English poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti translated Colonne's work in the 19th century. Colonne, a learned man of his time, also authored Latin chronicles and histories, and a widely translated book, Historia destructionis Trojae (1287)("History of the Destruction of Troy") was printed by William Caxton, the first English printer, in about 1474 as The Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye, making it the first book printed in the English language. [Source: Encyclopaedia Britannica Online] [Colonne translation]

Ciacomo da Lentino
Sicilian poet, lawyer, and notary who is sometimes credited with the invention of the sonnet circa 1220, perhaps inspired by the Italian-Provencal canzone or the Sicilian strambotto. The 14 line form of the sonnet is named after the Italian "sonetto" (a little sound or a little sound-movement).

Jacopone da Todi
aka Jacopo Benedicti, or Benedetti; Franciscan poet, advocate; born at Todi in the first half of the thirteenth century; died at Collazzone about 1306 [Jacopone da Todi, New Advent, Catholic Encyclopedia] [Wikipedia]

Albertino Mussato

Francesco da Barbermo
Florentine artist, poet & lawyer
[Source: Jill Kraye (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Renaissance Humanism (Cambridge University Press, 1996)]

Cino Da Pistoia
(Cino Dei Sighibuldi)(1270-1336/37)
Jurist, jurisprudential scholar, poet (lyrics and sonnets dealing with love), and prose writer whose poetry, written in the dolce stil nuovo ("sweet new style"), was admired by Dante and was a influence on Petrarch. "Born into an aristocratic Pistoian family, Cino studied law at the University of Bologna. He became involved in Pistoian politics and was exiled for six years, after which he became ambassador to Florence. A supporter of Henry VII on his coming to Italy in 1310 to be crowned Holy Roman emperor, Cino returned to law studies when Henry died in 1313. With the completion of his highly praised Latin commentary, Lectura in Codicem ("Studies on the Code"), on the first nine books of Justinian's Codex Constitutionum, Cino received his doctorate in law in 1314 at the University of Bologna and then taught law at the universities of Siena, Bologna, Florence, Perugia, and Naples. In 1334 he returned to Pistoia, where he spent the rest of his life." [Source: Encyclopaedia Britannica]

"His verse, musical and tender, foreshadows the work of Petrarch." [Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed., 2001] [For translations of Cino Da Pistoia's poetry, see D. G. Rossetti, The Early Italian Poets (1904)] [On Cino Da Pistoia generally, see: Decameron Web] [Wikipedia]

Francesco Petrarch
Poet and early humanist; noted scholar of his time; grew up in Avignon and trained as a civil lawyer; his writing was much admired during the Renaissance; student of the work of Virgil and Cicero [Wikipedia]

Antonio Beccadelli
Canon lawyer, poet, and scholar; of Palermo [Wikipedia]

Mapheus Vegius [Maffeo Vegio]
lawyer, humanist, poet [Wikipedia]

Corneilus Castaldi

Benedetto Varchi
lawyer, poet, humanist and historian [Wikipedia]

Oietro Paolo Vergerio
(1497/98 - ca. 1564)

Cornelio Frangipani
[Source: Lawrence B. Phillips, The Dictionary of Biographical Reference 404 (Philadelphia: Gebbie & Co., 1889)(providing no date of birth)]

Urban VIII
Pope, poet, lawyer [Wikipedia]

Claudio Achillini
(1574-1640) [Wikipedia]
Poet and jurist

Nicolò Crasso
(c. 1585-1653)
Venetian lawyer, poet and historian and author of De forma Reipublicae Venetae, Liber singularis, a treatise on the constitutional history of Venice

Girolamo Morlinio
(16th century)
Author of Contes et nouvelles traduits en français pour la première fois. Par M.W. [Ribeaucourt]. Naples [Bruxelles], Pietro Fiorentini [Gay](1878) [Reputedly the first edition in French of the Novelle of the 16th century Neapolitan lawyer and poet Girolamo Morlini. The first edition was published in 1520 and was not republished until 1799.

Cornelio Frangipani
(? -1581)

Giovanni Francesco Busenello
(1598-1659) [or Businello]
Born in Venice; studied law at the University of Padua; practiced law in Venice and pursued a literary career, including poetry and drama; author of the libretto for Claudio Monteverdi's opera L'incoronazione di Poppea (1642) [Wikipedia]

Nicolo Beregan
lawyer, poet, librettist [See: New Grove Dictionary of Opera]

Francesco Arisi

Giambatista Felice
Author of Odes and Sonnets

Giovanni Battista Vico

Niccolò Capasso
Neapolitan dialect poet, jurist

Giuseppe Maria Ercolani (1672 ? -1759)
A lawyer, architect, and poet; pursued as well, geography, theology, and mathematics

Ferrante Borsetti
Poet & jurist

Benedetto Marcello
(1686-1739) [Wikipedia]

Pietro Antonio Domenico Trapassi
Pseudonym: Metastasio. [Wikipedia]
[The Gentleman's Magazine]

John Baptist Felix Zappi
( -1719)

Alphonsus Liguori
Redemptorist, author, theologian, saint, lawyer, poet, musician, architect, painter [Wikipedia]

Carlo Goldoni
Playwright (known for his comedies), lawyer (studied Roman law at Pavia, Udine and Madena), became a doctor utriusque juris in 1731, legal practice in Venice and Pisa [Wikipedia]

Antonio Barbaro
(circa 1750)

Carlo Pecchia
lawyer, poet, writer and well-know man of letters; Poesie (1767)

Giacomo Casanova
renowned (infamous) lover, lawyer, mathematician, poet, translator, librarian; see Giacomo Casanova, The Story of My Life (Penguin Classics, 2001)(Stephen Sartarelli & Sophie Hawkes transl.) [Wikipedia]

Giuseppe Cerini

Luigi Balcchi (or Balloco)(1766-1832)
[Source: Lawrence B. Phillips, The Dictionary of Biographical Reference 92 (Philadelphia: Gebbie & Co., 1889)]

Cesare Arici

Angelo Brofferio
(1802-1866) [Wikipedia]

Giuseppe Giusti
(1809–1850) [Wikipedia]

Antonio Somma
Poet, playwright, lawyer, librettist (admired by Verdi)

Narciso Feliciano Pelosini

Teodoro Cottrau
music publisher, lawyer, poet, writer, politician
[See: New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians]

Leopoldo Tarantini
[Leopoldo Tarantini]

Antonio Fogazzaro
(1842-1911) [Wikipedia]

Lidia Poët
(1855- )
The first modern female Italian advocate. [Wikipedia]

Joseph Streiter Gasse
poet, jurist and mayor of Bolzano

Adolfo de Bosis
lawyer, poet, magazine publisher

Pietro Gori
(1865-1911) [Wikipedia]

Sebastiano Satta
lawyer and poet born in Nuoro, Sardinia; the novel, Sempre caro, by Sardinian-born Marcello Fois, has a main character based on Sebastiano Satta

Filippo Tommaso Marinetti
(1876-1944 )
lawyer and poet; responsible for the publication of the initial Futurist Manifesto which appeared in the Paris newspaper Le Figaro on February 20, 1909 [Wikipedia]

Giovanni Millimaggi

Ugo Betti

Corrado Calabrò

Gian Carlo Artoni
(1923- )
"Born in Parma on the 15th of April 1923, lawyer, poet and literary man, he is currently Honorary President of the Parma Bar Association, having been a member for forty years and president for sixteen years of its board. He has also been president of Regional Union of Courts of Emilia Romagna for four years. He won the Literary Award 'Libero Stampa' of Lugano for his poetical production. He has been among the regular contributors of the 'Raccoglitore' and among the founders and editors of the Rivista Palatina. He has been a member of Parma Town Council for the liberal Party, and afterwards he represented for many years the Bar Association in the Building Commission . He is Vice President, representing the Chamber of Commerce, of the European College of Parma. He took part in the refoundation of ENPA, having always been Vice President of its provincial division." [Gian Carlo Artoni]

Alberto Caramella
(1928- ) [Wikipedia]

Giovanni Raboni
Giovanni Raboni was a poet, critic (poetry and drama), and translator. He was born on January 22, 1932 and died on Septermber 16, 2004 at age 72. He is described in The Times (United Kingdom) obituary as a "[p]rizewinning Milanese poet, critic and translator whose angular classical stylings became more lyrical as he grew older. . . . He came relatively late to the world of books, having practised as a lawyer in Milan, his home city, until his mid-thirties. His first volume of verse, Le case della vetra (1966), immediately established him, however, as a poet with a distinctly serious voice . . . ." [Giovanni Raboni, Obiturary, The Times (UK), Sept. 29, 2004, p. 67]

Raboni's later work includes: Nel grave sogno (1982), Versi guerrieri e amorosi (1990), Ogni terzo pensiero (1993)(winner of the Premio Viareggio in 1993). His collected poetry was published as Tutte le poesie (1993), a selection of the collected work was published in English under the title, The Coldest Year of Grace (1985).

Felice Casucci
(1957-    )
jurist and poet [See: Circolo minimo: un'esperienza di salotto letterario (Napoli: Edizioni scientifiche italiane, 1999)(Collected writings)

Corrado Costa
Milano artist, poet, and lawyer

Paolo Conte
(1937- )
poet, painter, singer, and former lawyer from Asti, Italy; his album is entitled "The Best of Paolo Conte" [Wikipedia]


Raphael Carl Rattray
lawyer, public servant, Cabinet Minister, Attorney-General, member of the Judiciary and President of the Court of Appeal; author of a collection of poetry entitled Poems of Our Times (Ian Randle Publishers. 2002)

Ayotunde A. Babatumji
Babatunji was born at Drapers, Portland, Jamaica, West Indies. He describes himself as a "poet, publisher, philosopher, teacher, lawyer, playwright, & lyricist." He is the author of Visions of Apartheid's Death (Rochester, New York: GTNN Press, 1994) which includes love poems, poems in Jamaican dialect, poems with Rastafarian themes & historical poems about the struggle against oppression.

David Nieta
Jamaican born human rights lawyer, poet and social justice advocate


Hiraide Shu
Novelist, poet, and lawyer. [Wikipedia]

Minoru Nakamura
Lawyer and poet; director of the Museum of Modern Japanese Literature.


Mustafa Wahbi Al-Tall
(1897-1949) [Wikipedia] [aka Arar]


Brij Narayan Chakbast
Lawyer, nationalist, poet
[Chakbast: The Poet of Patriotism] [See: Saraswati Saran, Chakbast (New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi, 1986)(1994)] [Wikipedia]

Ghulam Nabi Gauhar
Lawyer, poet, writer and historian


Shukrije Gashi
Shukrikjie Gashi lives and work in Prishtina, Kosovo. She is the director of Partners Center for Conflict Management-Kosova. She is a lawyer, poet, and mediator. She has worked as a journalist for the New York Times and the Albanian daily newspaper Rilindja.


Janis Pliekšans
(1865-1929) [pseudnynm: Rainis]
Lawyer, public official, poet, author, playwright, journalist, educator [Wikipedia]

Ruta Maksovna Shats-Mariash
(1927- ) [Wikipedia]


Abdullah Kobersi

Salah A. Mattar
Salah Matter was born on November 4, 1940 in Tannourine, Lebanon. He was educated at Freres Maristes, Antoura, College des Apotres, and Université Saint-Joseph St. where he received his L.L.B. He has practiced law in Beirut since 1963. Mattar is also the author of various legal works and a trilingual law dictionary (Arabic, French, English), as well as poetry.

Tamer Mallat


Jugis Gliauda
(1906- )
Gliauda was born on June 21, 1906 in Tobolsk, Siberia. He died on January 3, 1996 in West Covina, California. He received his law degree from the University of Lithuania and was a government executive in Lithuania and an attorney in Kaunas, Lithuania. Gliauda wrote poetry, plays, short stories, and novels. A book of his poetry, Ave America appeared in 1950. From 1949 to 1952 he was the editor of Lietuvis Teisininkas (The Lithuanian Lawyer).


Mihail Smatrakalev
(1910- )

Doucko Tomish


Anil Panachooran
Panachooran is a noted Malayalam film lyricist and poet; a lawyer by profession [Wikipedia]

Cecil Rajendra

Poet, lawyer and human rights activist; born in Penang, but spent the better part of his childhood in Tanjong Tokong. Rajendra received his formal education at St. Xavier's Institution, University of Singapore and Lincoln's Inn (London) where he qualified as a barrister-at-law. Rajendra is viewed as a pioneer of legal aid in Malaysia and has served as chairman of the Malaysian Bar Council's legal Aid Scheme and the Penang Lawyers' Human Rights Group. He is the author of some 15 collections of poetry, including: Broken Buds (Goa, India: The Other India Press, 1994); Papa Moose's Nursery Rhymes for our Times (London: Bogle-L'Ouverture, 1991); Lovers, Lunatics & Lalang (London: Bogle-L'Ouverture, 1989); Dove on Fire: Poems on Peace, Justice and Ecology (Geneva: WCC Publications, 1987); Child of the Sun: And Other Poems (London: Bogle-L'Ouverture, 1986); Songs for the Unsung: Poems on Unpoetic Issues Like War and Want and Refugees (Geneva: World Council of Churches, 1983); Hour of Assassins & Other Poems (London: Bogle-L'Ouverture, 1983); Refugees & Other Despairs (Singapore: Choice Books, 1980);Bones and Feathers (Hong Kong: Heinemann, 1978); Eros & Ashes: A Cycle of Love Poems (Prakriti Press, 1975); Embryo (London: Regency Press, 1965). Other books include: Bibliography and Selected Profiles, Reviews, Essays (London: Bogle-L'Ouverture, 1985) [Photograph: Christine Thery, South China Morning Post] [Poems: Retribution; Damn the Damns]


Joan Alcover I Maspons


Gan Anton Vassallo
(1817-1868) [Wikipedia]

Guzè Muscat Azzopardi
(1853-1927) [Wikipedia]

Gorg Zammit
poet, lawyer and teacher; composed poetry in Maltese, English and Italian

Anton Buttigieg
(1912- )
poet, lawyer, politician and cabinet minister; president of Malta (1976-1981) [Anton Buttigieg] [Wikipedia]

John Joseph Cremona
(1918- )


Juan Ruiz de Alarcón
(1581 - 1639)

José María Heredia y Heredia

Fernando Calderon

Juan Ignacio Paulino Ramírez Calzada
(1818-1879) [Wikipedia]

Vicente Riva Palacio
Lawyer, general, politician, and writer. Born in Mexico City; died in Madrid, Spain. Palacio received his law degree in 1854, practiced law, and held various public offices in Mexico City, in the national congress. He served on the Supreme Court of Justice and in the Ministry of Fomento, Colonización, Industria y Comercio, as well as a diplomat in Spain and Portugal. Riva Palacio a newspaper man; his writings include plays, novels, poems, stories, and historical works.

Ignacio Manuel Altamirano

Emilio Rabasa Estebanell

Manuel José Othon

José Peón del Valle
Prolific poet and lawyer

Jos María Pino Suarez
Lawyer, poet, journalist

Lázaro Gutiérrez de Lara
(    -1918)
Journalist, poet, and lawyer; executed in Sáric, Sonora

Ricardo Gómez Robelo
Poet, translator of Poe and Wilde, served as Attorney General of Mexico

Francisco Javier Santamaría
(1886-1963) [Wikipedia]

Ramón López Velarde
(1888-1921) [Wikipedia]

Luis Sánchez Pontón
Lawyer, politician, poet

Manuel Maples Arce
Lawyer & poet associated with Mexico's first native artistic movement, "estridentismo," or Stridentism and associated with Germán List Arzubide (1898-1998), another founder of the native artistic movement. [See: William H. Beezley, The Oxford History of Mexico 563 (Oxford University Press, 2000)(placing Arce's birth in 1900)]

Rogelio Barriga Rivas

Miguel Alonso Calvo
pseud.: Ramón de Garcíasol
(1913- )

José María Alonso Gamo
(1913- )

Agricol Lozano Herrera
(1927–1999) [Wikipedia]

Maria Eugenia Soberanis


Jorge Rebelo
(1940- )
African poet, lawyer, and journalist. Rebelo studied at the University of Coimbra in Portugal and was involved in an anti-Portuguese guerrilla group Frelimo. Rebelo edited the magazine Mozambique Revolution.

Lourenço Marques
(1940- )


Hermann Iseke
(1856-1907) [Wikipedia]


Dinesh Adhikary
(1959- )

Netherlands (see: Holland)

New Zealand

William Pember Reeves
( 1857-1932)
Politician, historian, poet, banker
[William Pember Reeves] [Dictionary of New Zealand Biography] [Wikipedia]

Oscar Thorwald Johan Alpers
Teacher, journalist, writer, poet, lawyer, judge
[Dictionary of New Zealand Biography]

Arthur Henry Adams
Journalist, poet, playwright, novelist
[Dictionary of New Zealand Biography] [Wikipedia]

Bryce Hart
(1890 -1957)

Desmond Milgrew Piggin

Piers (Anthony David) Davies
(1941-    )
Davies was born on June 15, 1941, in Sydney, Australia; was educated at the University of Auckland, where he obtained an LL.B. in 1964 and at City of London College, where he received a diploma in English and comparative law in 1967; admitted as a barrister in New Zealand, 1965, solicitor in 1968; associate solicitor with William Jordon, Auckland, 1968-69; a partner at Jordon, Smith & Davies (barristers and solicitors), Auckland, 1970; member of supervising committee of Grey Lynn Neighbourhood Law Office, 1977-80, chairman, 1979-80; poet, playwright, and author of film scripts; director of Phase Three Film Productions Ltd. Member of National Council of Churches' Church and Society Commission; his poetry includes Day Trip From Mount Meru (Ophir Press, 1969) and Deus Vult (Ophir Press, 1971)

Bill Sewell
Lecturer, editor (University of Otago Press and John McIndoe Ltd), legal researcher for the Law Commission; poet (author of Wheels Within Wheels); President of the New Zealand Poetry Society (1991-93). [William (Bill) Sewell—New Zealand Writers] [Bill Sewell] [Bibliography] [Review: The Ballad of Fifty-one]

Peter Williams
Queen's Counsel and prisons campaginer

Anton Nannestad
Author of fiction and poetry; international business lawyer; educated in New Zealand and Sweden

Tracey Tawhiao
[Tracey Tawhiao]


Luis Felipe Ibarra Mayorga

Miguel Jerónimo Larreinaga y Silva
(1772-1847) [Wikipedia]

Salomón de la Selva
(1893-1959) [Wikipedia]

Samuel Meza


Ogaga Ifowodo
Poet, lawyer, and civil rights activist; Homeland and Other Poems (Kraft Books, 2002), Madiba: A Collection of Poems (Africa World Press, 2003)

Fred Agbeyegbe
Lawyer, poet, playwright, dramatist, publisher, writer and social critic

Michael Lana
Legal officer at the Ministry of Justice in Oyo State. He also served as head of the Legal Department at Guara Securities and Fiancne Company Kaduna and senior state counsel at the Department of State for Justice in Gambia. As of August 2002 he was manger of Amie Bensouda and Co. and a columinst with The Independent.

Dennis Osadebey
Lawyer, politician, poet and first Premier of Mid-Western Nigeria [Wikipedia]

Kodi Azuonye
(1961- )

Ladipo Soetan
(1968- )
Soetan attened Corona School, Victoria Island, Lagos. While a student at Federal Government College (Ijanikin, Lagos), he was awarded prizes in Literature and History. He obtained his law degree in 1987 from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. He also holds a Masters degree in law from the University of Lagos. His first collection of poetry, Monologues and other Formings won honourable mention for the 1998 All Africa Okigbo Prize. Soetan served previously as Chairman of the Lagos Chapter of the Association of Nigerian Authors. [Source: Siji Soetan & Co., Legal Practitioners & Notaries Public, Lagos, Nigeria. Personal communication to James R. Elkins, dated August 26, 2002]

Chief Bola Ige (James Ajibola Ige)( -2001)
Ige is the former Attorney-General and Justice Minister of Nigeria. A correspespondent in Lagos writes to tell us that Ige was assassinated in his home in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria on December 23, 2001. We originally reported that the suspected killers were in custody awaiting trial. Our latest report from Nigera (February 8, 2006) notes that the issue of the Attorney General's suspected killers are no longer big news in Nigera with some of the major suspects back in their government posts.

Prince Tony Ositadinma Oganah
Jounalist, laywer, poet, writer, farmer
[Source:; Aug. 14, 2002]

Oliver Mbamara
Oliver Mbamara practiced law in Nigeria, before moving to the United States. He now serves as an Administrative Law Judge with the State of New York. [Oliver Mbamara] [Poems by Oliver Mbamara] [Wikipedia]

Ositadinma Oganah
Journalist, lawyer, poet, writer and a farmer.

Arierhie Patrick Okuneh
Arierhie Patrick Okuneh is an Urhobo; he was born October 16, 1972. He attended Holy Martyrs of Uganda Seminary Effurun, Delta State, and studied law at Edo State University, now Ambrose Ali University Ekpoma. Okuneh was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1999. He is a legislative advocate, a playwright, and a poet. As of 2008, he was a legislative aide to Senator Prof. Adego E. Eferakeya, at the National Assembly in Abuja. [Personal correspondence dated May 11, 2008]

Wole Oguntokun
Lawyer, poet and playwright (although as Oguntokun notes, "not in that particular order"). Oguntokun was born and raised in Nigeria and holds a Bachelor's degree in Law from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and a Master of Laws degree from the University of Lagos where he also and concluded a Masters' degree in Humanitarian and Refugee Studies. He has published a collection of his poetry, Local Boy and Other Poems, and his stage play, Gbanja Roulette (on the HIV issue) is recommended reading at the University of Ibadan.

Jane Bitek
Author of Song of Farewell.

Hajara Isa
Hajara Isa is from Kebbi state, Zuru local government area in Northern Nigeria. She is a lawyer with the Supreme Court of Nigeria. Her law degree is from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria Nigeria. She is also a poet and writer of short stories. Her first collection of poems is titled Cacophony of Mime. She resides in Abuja.


Snorri Sturlason
(1179-1241) [Wikipedia]

Enevold de Falsen
(1755-1808) [Wikipedia]

Aasmund Olavsson Vinje
Aasmund Olavsson Vinje was an essayist and poet. He was born in Vinje in 1818, and made a reputation for himself as a journalist. He earned a law degree, became an attorney, and founded the periodical, Dølen in 1858 to promote the use of Landsmaal, a language that he used in his writing. His most well-know work is Ferdaminni fraa Sumaren 1860 (Travel Memories from the Summer of 1860). [Wikipedia]

Jonas Lauritz Idemil Lie
(1833-1908) [Wikipedia] [bibliography of his writings]

Cathrine Grøndahl
(1969- )
Cathrine Grøndahl published her first book of poems in 1994 and now has four published collections. She studied philosophy and law and works as a defense attorney in Oslo, Norway. Her "Selected Exercises in Case Law II" will appear in The New European Poets, edited by Kevin Prufer and Wayne Miller, an anthology to be published by Graywolf Press in 2008. [Wikipedia]


Muhammad Iqbal
[Muhammad Iqbal] [Wikipedia]

Muhammad Ali Jinnah
(1876-1948) [Wikipedia]

Shaikh Ayaz
born in Shikarpur on March 23, 1923; lawyer by profession; served as vice-chancellor of Sindh University; began composing poetry at the age of 17; author of short stories, novels, essays, travelouges, and an autobiography [Wikipedia]

Raffat Akbar Swati

Ammar Yasser

Nida Fatima

Mian Faheem Akbar Kakakhel

Zafar Iqbal
[Wikipedia] [Poetry]

Waqas Ahmad Khwaja
(1952- )
Author of: Six Geese from a Tomb at Medum (Lahore: Sang-E-Meel Publications, Lahore, 1987)(poems); Writers and Landsacapes (1991)(prose and poems); Miriam's Lament and Other Poems (1992)


Abdel Karim Karmi


Rubén Blades
(1948- )
[\See, Betty Marton, Ruben Blades: Panamanian Lawyer and Entertainer (New York: Chelesa House Publishers, 1992)]

Edilberto González Trejos
(1971- )
Edilberto Trejos was born in Santiago de Veraguas, Panama, on December 24, 1971. He now lives in Panama City. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Writers` Association of Panama. His poemas have been published in several anthologies, both in English and Spanish, as well as in North American and Latin American poetry magazines. Trejos is the author of a collection of poetry, Balanceo (2003).


José Luis Appleyard
(1927-1988) [Wikipedia]


Francisco Fernández de Córdoba
Poet, historian, and apologist of the Creoles in Viceregal Peru


Vicente Ilustre
(1869- )
Poet, lawyer, propagandist, and patriot; born in Taal, Batangas

Epifanio delos Santos
Lawyer, poet, historian, journalist, philosopher, bibliographer, biographer, painter, musician, literary critic, antique collector, and librarian. Born in Malabon, Rizal, on April 7, 1871. Died on April 28, 1928, in Manila.

Fernando María Guerrero
(1873-1929) [Wikipedia]

Cecilio R. Apostol
[Cecilio R. Apostol]

Lope K. Santos (a.k.a. Berdugo)(1879-1963)
Novelist, fictionist, poet, lawyer, labor leader; born September 25, 1879, in Pasig, Rizal and died May 1, 1963. Santos is considered the Father of the National Language. He was governor of Rizal (1910-1913) and Nueva Vizcaya (1918-1922). He became senator in 1922 and served as director of the Institute of National Language (1941-1945). He founded the Congreso Obrero and was president of the Union del Trabajo de Filipinos. He edited several newspapers and magazines and wrote the first textbook on the Tagalog language.

Claro M. Recto
(1890-1960) [Wikipedia]

Carlos Polestico Garcia
(1896-1971) [Wikipedia]
Educator, poet, lawyer, journalist, and President of the Philippines.

Amado Magcalas Yuzon

Cornelio Festin Faigao

Sedfrey Ordoñz

Agapito M. Joaquin, Sr.

Natividad (Natty) Barranda
(1933- )

Rafael M. Salas
Lawyer, poet, author, and manager; Salas was founder of the UN Population Fund and first executive director and then undersecretary general of the United Nations; his wife, Carmencita Rodriguez-Salas of Cebu served as Philippine ambassador to the Czech Republic [Wikipedia]

Filomeno L. Pacis
Born in Baguio City, Philippines

Silvestre Punsalan

Noel Guivani Ramiscal
Noel Guivani Ramiscal is an indigenous writer, poet, lawyer, professor, and information technology specialist. He grew up in Manila and took his B.A. and Bachelor of Laws degrees at the University of the Philippines. He obtained a Master of Laws and Doctor of Philosophy in Law degrees at the University of Queensland under the AUSAID and International Postgraduate Research Scholarship grants. Ramiscal has worked in the judiciary, private sector, human rights organizations, and three universities. He is the author of a collection of poetry, Noelses, and a book on human rights and academic freedom of educators published by the UP Institute of International Legal Studies in 2008.

Gil Marvel P. Tabucanon  
Tabucanon is the dean of the College of Law of the Western Leyte College in Ormoc City, Philippines. In 2005-2006 he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Tabucanon received an B.A. from the University of the Philippines-Tacloban, and in 1987, he earned a bachelor of laws degree from the University of San Carlos in Cebu City. His interests include music (he plays the piano and recorder), literature (he writes short stories, essays and has translated poems to his native dialect Cebuano), and philosophy. His father was a lawyer and he literally grew up in a law office—where his family's residence was also located.

Simeon Dumdum, Jr.
Simeon Dumdum is an executive jude of the region trial court, Cebu City, Philippines. He writes poetry in both English and his native dialect, Cebuano. Dumdum is the author of a collections of essays, Love in the Time of the Camera (Anvil, 1998), and several collections of poetry, including, The Gift of Sleep (New Day, 1982), Third World Opera (New Day, 1987), and Poems: Selected and New, 1982-1997 (Office of Research and Publications, School of Arts and Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University, 1999). [My thanks to Christine Lao, a Philippine lawyer based in Manila, who informed me about Judge Dumdum's literary work.]

Rene Paredes
Rene Parades is a lawyer and Holy Name University law professor. His chapbook, Carousels of Time was published in 2012.


Józef Szymanowski

Antoni Stanislawski
(19th century)
Lawyer, poet and translator, father of Jan (Grzegorz) Stanislawski, a painter and printmaker. [Source: The Grove Dictionary of Art] [See, M. Sterling, Jan Stanislawski (Warsaw, 1926); Wieslaw Juszczak, Jan Stanislawski (Warszawa, Ruch, 1972)]

Isaac Loeb Peretz
Jewish poet, novelist, playwright, and lawyer; born Zamosc, Poland; frequently accused of radical activities associated with his socialist politics and activities; early work was in Hebrew, with later work primarily in Yiddish; writings deal with Jewish life, including, Stories and Pictures (1900-1901) which was translated into English in 1906; author of My Memoirs (Citadel Press, 1964)

Boleslaw Lesmian (1878-1937)
[See: Rochelle Heller Stone, Boleslaw Lesmian: The Poet and His Poetry (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1976); Boleslaw Lesmian, Mythematics and Extropy: Selected Poems of Boleslaw Lesmian (Stevens Point, Wisconsin: A.R. Poray Publishing, 1987)(Alexandra Chciuk Celt trans.)][Wikipedia]

Jan Lesman
aka Jan Brzechwa
(1898-1966) [Wikipedia]

Zbigniew Herbert
Poet, dramatist, essayist; studied law; author of String of Light (1956), Study of an Object (1961), Inscription (1969), Mr. Cogito (1974), Elegy for the Departure (1990), Epilogue to a Storm (1998) and collections of essays including: Barbarians in the Garden (1962), Still Life with a Bridle (1993), and several collections released after his death, The Labyrinth Under the Sea (2000), King of the Ants (2001), The Gordian Knot and Other Dispersed Works (2001). [Wikipedia]

Braun Mieczyslaw
(1945- )
Braun Mieczyslaw's born rname is Braunsztajn (Braunshtajn).

Katarzyna Maria Piekarska
(1967- ) [Wikipedia]

Lidia Kosk
Warsaw, Poland; author of Reshapings (Warszawa: Oficyna Literatów i Dziennikarzy POD WIATR, 2003), translated by her daughter, Danuta E. Kosk-Kosicka of Baltimore, Maryland, into English. Lidia Kosk is a lawyer by training, world traveler, author of several books published in Poland.


Francisco de Sá de Miranda
Scholar and poet; born at Coimbra, studied at the University of Lisbon; spent years in Italy where he learned Italian literature; wrote in both Castilian and Portuguese [Wikipedia]

António Ferreira
Poet, lawyer, judge; associated with a new Renaissance style of poetry; advocate of the use of Portuguese, rather than Spanish or Latin, as Portugal's literary language. Ferreira was born in Lisbon and studied at the University of Coimbra. He wrote drama as well as poetry, including one of the first tragedies in modern European literature. Ferreira went on to become a judge on the supreme court in Lisbon. He died in Lisbon in 1569. [Wikipedia]

Antonio diniz da Cruz e Silva

Manuel de Arriaga
first president of Portugal (1911-1915) [Wikipedia]

Abilio Manuel Guerra Junqueiro
(1850-1923) [Wikipedia]

Camilo Pessanha
(1867-1926) [Wikipedia]

Teixeira de Pascoaes
[Teixeira de Pascoaes]

Afonso Lopes Vieira

Ignasi Ribera i Rovira
Lawyer, poet and journalist; from 1900 to 1910, he resided in Tomar, where he published a book of poetry in Catalan and various articles on Catalan culture; returning to Catalonia he promoted Portuguese culture in the form of articles, conferences and books.

Ruy Belo
[Ruy Belo]

António Duarte Arnault
(1936- ) [Wikipedia]

Vasco Graça Moura
(1942- ) [Poetry International]

Puerto Rico

José de Diego
Orator, poet, jurist, journalist, essayist, politician, and advocate of independence

Born in Aguadilla on April 16, 1866. He studied as a youngster in in Mayagüez and did his undergraduate education in Spain at the Polytechnic Institute of Logroño. In 1891 he moved to Cuba where he finished his law studies at the University of Havana, and then undertook his doctor's degree the following year. He was president of the House of Delegates (1907-1917) and speaker of the House of Representatives (1917-1918).

De Diego died in New York City on July 17, 1918 while reciting his poetry.

De Diego founded in Puerto Rico the Antillian Academy of Language inaugurated at the municipal Theater of San Juan on April, 23, 1916. De Diego was sometimes called "The Knight of the Race" and was admired as an orator. De Diego was a major poet, but his claim to fame rests on his advocacy of independence for Puerto Rico. He was a founder of the Autonomist Party (1887) and co-founder (with Luis Muñoz Rivera) of the Unionist Party (1904). His dream was to see the establishment of a confederation of Spanish-speaking islands in the Caribbean, including the Dominican Republic. [Wikipedia]

Luis Lloréns Torres
Poet, lawyer by profession, politician. Torres studied in Spain and produced poetry known for its "criollismo" (nationalism). His books include Al Pie de la Alhambre, Sonetos Sinfónicos, Voces de la Campana Mayor, and Alturas de America. [Wikipedia]

Nemesio R. Canales
(1878-1923) [Wikipedia]

José de Jesús Esteves
(1881-1918) [Wikipedia]

Ernesto Juan Fonfrias
(1909- )
Lawyer, writer, poet, and politician; wrote about customs & religious folklore

Lourdes M. Collazo
(1966- )

Lorenzo Coballes Gandía


Alexandru Donici
Poet, author, lawyer

Pantazi Ghica
(also known under varios pen names: Tapazin, G. Pantazi , and Ghaki)(1831-1882) [Wikipedia]

Alexandru Candiano-Popescu
(1841-1901) [Wikipedia]

Alexandru Vlahuta
Lawyer, author, poet, journalist, educator

Duiliu Zamfirescu
(1858-1922) [Wikipedia]
Poet, lawyer, playwright, author, diplomat

Constantin Mille
(1861-1927) [Wikipedia]

George Bacovia
Birth name, George Vasiliu in Bacau, Romania; son of a shopkeeper; educated as a lawyer; in ill-health much of his life; died in Bucharest in 1957 at the age of 75.

Nicolae Petrescu-Comnen
(1881-1958) [Wikipedia]

Vania Gherghinescu
"Lawyer and peot. He founded the literary magazine Astra, in Brasov, and was an active member of the cultural club in the same city. Gherghinescu Vania's output is relatively small (Long Road [1928]; The Blind Nightningale [1940]; Sonority of Time [1968]), but few poets have achieved the highly personal note of his verse. He was awared the Academy Prize for Poetry in 1940." [Nicholas Catanoy (ed.), Modern Romanian Poetry (Oakville, Ontario: Mosaic Press/Valley Editions, 1977)]

Dan Mitrut
author of astronomical poetry, folk music, photography, graphics, sculpture, and drama; author of original astro-folk music recitals performed at the EuRoEclipse Perseids 99 (Romania) and IMO Conference 2000 (Romania). [Astropoetica]


Sergei Arkadievich Andreevsky
Lawyer, poet, critic and memoirist

Nicholas Roerich
(1874-1947) [Wikipedia]

Leonid Arkadevich
(1936- )

Boris Nikolsky
Lawyer, poet and literary critic


Juan Jose Canas
Salvadorian physician, poet, author, historian, diplomat, jurist, philosopher, politician. Author of the National anthem and diplomat to Chile (1875-77) and member of parliament, 1872.


Sebastiano Satta


Laza Kostic
(1841-1909) [Wikipedia]

Mita Popovic
(1841- )
Popovic graduated from the law faculty in Pest, and returned to his birthplace to practice law. In 1977 he left Baja and took up residence at Sombor, where he again practiced lawyer until he became mentally ill and was committed to an asylum for the mentally ill in Pest in 1888. His poetry and plays were popular in his time.


Scotland's Lawyer Poets


Daren V. L. Shiau
(1972- )
Shiau was born in 1972. He is a "new-economy lawyer," poet, novelist, and environmentalist; chosen by The Straits Times as one of the "50 Faces To Watch in 1993"; serves on both the Singapore Environmental Council Community Co-ordination Committee and the Singapore Green Plan Review Committee [Daren V. L. Shiau]

Aaron Lee Soon Yong
(1972- )
Born in Malaysia; author of a collection of poems, A Visitation of Sunlight (Ethos Books, 1997); co-editor ofan anthology, No Other City: The Ethos Anthology of Love Poetry (Ethos Books, 2002); lawyer in the aviation industry


Janko Kral'
Poet; lawyer by training

Štefan Marko Daxner

Pavel Hviezdoslav
Pseudonym of Pavol Országh, Slovak poet, lawyer, translator, playwright, journalist.Hviezdoslav was born on February 2, 1849, in Slovakia, Austrian Empire [now Dolny Kubin, Slovakia]. He died Nov. 8, 1921. Hviezdoslav was a lawyer until he devoted himself fully to literature. He originally wrote in Hungarian and was a Hungarian patriot, but in the 1860s he switched both activities to Slovak. Hviezdoslav's work includes: Hájnikova zena (1886)("The Gamekeeper's Wife") and Ezo Vlkolinský (1890). He experimented with a variety of metrical forms, including Krvavé sonety (1919)("Blood-Red Sonnets"), which focus on World War I. He also translated Hungarian, Russian, German, and English literature into Slovak. [Source: Encyclopedia Britiannica]

V.A. Pogorelov
(Valerii Aleksandrovich)(1872- )
Pogorielov, a lawyer who fled from Russia before the Great October Socialist Revolution; talented artist and poet, and was for some time a member of the Slovak poetical avant garde; father of Jana Pogorielová-Dusová who is associated with Slovac puppet theater.


Jovan Vesel Koseski

France Prešeren

Ljubljana's Mr Boisterous

Prešeren was a Slovene poet of the Romantic movement and his lyric poems are considered some of the most eloquent in Slovene. Prešeren studied law in Vienna and served in Ljubljana and Kranj as a civil servant and lawyer. See France Preseren, Poems. A selection translated from the Slovene (London: Calder, 1969)(W. K. Matthews and A. Slodnjak eds.); Selection of Poems (Oxford, England: Basil Black, 1954); Sonetni Venec ( Nova Revija, Ljubljana, 1995)(sonnets in English, Russian, French, Italian, Chinese) [Wikipedia]

South Africa

Eugène Nielen Marais
Lawyer, poet, journalist, farmer, scientist, novelist; contributed articles to the Observer and Times in London and to the Reuter news agency; described as a "remarkable polymath"; wrote natural histories on termites and baboons; author of The Soul of the Ape. [Wikipedia]

Francis William Reitz
Lawyer, scholar, poet and politician; Reitz was Chief Justice and President of the Orange Free State and State Secretary of the South African Republic [Wikipedia]

Francis William Reitz
(1934- ) [Wikipedia]

Essop Patel
Essop Patel was born in Germiston and grew up in Ladysmith, Natal. He lived in London from 1962 to 1969 working and studying law. He obtained his LL.B at the University of Witwatersrand and practiced law in Johannesburg. [Ian Hamilton, The Oxford Companion to Twentieth Century Poetry 411 (Oxford University Press, 1996)]

Patel was a human rights lawyer during the apartheid era, and he was poet. His collection of poetry include They Came at Dawn (1980), Fragments in the Sun (1985), and The Bullet and the Bronze Lady (1987). Patel became a judge in 2002.

Alan James
(1947- ) [Wikipedia]

Etienne van Heerden
Etienne van Heerden is Hofmeyr Professor in the Department of Southern African Languages at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and founder-editor of LitNet, South Africa's largest multicultural online journal. He is a lawyer by training. He writes poetry, short stories and novels in Afrikaans and his fiction has been translated into ten languages. His novels include: Ancestral Voices, Kikuyu, Casspirs and Camparis, Leap Year, The Long Silence of Mario Salviati.

Matthews Phosa


(348-405? 410?)
Early Christian hymn writer; lawyer and poet

Ibn Tufayl
Reputed to be one of the most important philosophers in the history of al-Andalus. Tufayl was a poet, jurist, physician and mathematician. He was appointed qadí, vizier, and chief physician of the Almohad empire by the caliph Yusuf. Tufayl was the author of one of the most original works of Hispano-Muslim literature, The Self-Educated Philosopher.

Rodrigo Caro
Antiquarian, lawyer, poet, and priest

Esteban Manuel de Villegas
Poet and lawyer, known for his Poesias eroticas y amatorias (1617-1618) written when still a very young man.

Calderon de la Barca Pedro
Playwright, jurist, poet, soldier, theater manager and Catholic theologian; born January 17, 1600 in Madrid, Spain. In 1651 he became a Franciscan friar and in 1866, he became chaplain of the king. He was popular during Spain's Golden Age, writing over 120 plays, including Mayor of Zalamea, 1638. He died May 25, 1681 in Madrid.

Baltasar Melchor G Maria De Jovellanos
(1744-1811 )
Lawyer, poet, playwright, author

Don Pablo Forner
Born at Palma, Majorca; practiced law in Madrid; served as attorney-general.

Juan Meléndez Valdés
Lawyer and poet; see: R. Merritt Cox, Juan Meléndez Valdés (New York: Twayne Publishers, 1974); R. Merritt Cox, Juan Meléndez Valdés: A Study in the Transition from Neo-Classicism to Romanticism in Spanish Poetry (New York: Hispanic Institute, 1942)

Manuel José Quintana
"Spanish poet and patriot. Quintana received his training as an attorney and practiced law in Madrid before the outbreak of the Napoleonic Wars. During the conflict he wrote numerous patriotic political tracts, and after a term in prison, from 1814 to 1820, he entered active political life, beginning as a tutor to the royal family, then becoming a director of public instruction and eventually a senator. Quintana's neoclassical poetry is extremely traditional. He used the formal ode form to expound the virtues of patriotism and liberalism. Although he lived during the romantic period, his verse shows little influence of that movement. Quintana also wrote biographical sketches of illustrious Spaniards and two important volumes of literary criticism. Although he was formerly regarded as a major Spanish poet, his reputation has waned considerably." Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia

José Millán Astray

Joan Moles

Federico Garcia Lorca
Studied law at the University of Granada

Jose Agustin Balseiro
Author of Flores de Primavera (Flowers of Spring)(San Juan: 1919); Las Palomas de Eros (The Doves of Eros)(Madrid: 1921); Saudades de Puerto Rico (Homesickness for Puerto Rico)(Aguilar: 1957)

Tomàs Garcés i Miravet
(1901-1993) [Wikipedia]

Ildefenso Manuel Gil
(1912- )

Jaime Gil De Biedma
(1929- )

Manuel Mantero
(1930- )

Mario Angel Marrodan
(1932- )
Mario Angel Marrodan is the author of essays, art criticism and poetry. He resides in Viscaya, Spain.

Rafael Pérez Estrada
Pérez Estrada is author of more than forty books of prose and poetry. His poetry collections Conspiraciones y conjuras (1986) and El bestiario de Livermoore (1988) were both finalists for Spain's Premio Nacional de Literatura. His work has been translated into English, French, Swedish, Italian, and Rumanian. He was also an accomplished painter and illustrator. He received his law degree from the University of Granada and practiced law in his native Málaga.

Justo Jorge Padrón
(1943- )
Padrónstudied law and liberal arts at the University of Barcelona. He gave up his work as a lawyer in 1974 to devote ,himself full-time to literature. He lives in Madrid and also spends time in Las Palmas and his wife's homeland of Macedonia.

José Corredor-Matheos
Lawyer, poet, translator and art critic

Joan Argenté

Eduardo Toba

Sri Lanka

Mervyn Casie Chetty
Lawyer and poet; an article in the November 14, 1999, Sri Lanka Sunday Times reports: "Mervyn Casie Chetty murder Police say killers still roaming Mount Lavinia Police are awaiting the finger- print reports through which they hoped to make a breakthrough in tracking down the suspects who killed veteran lawyer, poet and social activist Mervyn Casie Chetty last Saturday. Detectives said three suspects who had been taken in soon after the killing were later released while a fourth was being questioned. The 86-year-old Mr. Casie Chetty, doyen of the Colombo Chetty community in Sri Lanka was killed by suffocation when a gang of robbers raided his Mount Lavinia residence. The robbers took away about Rs. 5000 in cash and some bottles of whisky which the veteran lawyer had got from clients or friends abroad. After the killing the robbers are alleged to have consumed some liquor in the premises and carried away the unopened bottles. Family members said Mr. Casie Chetty was on a strict diet and consumed little or no liquor but he kept the whisky for visitors." [Sri Lanka Sunday Times]

T.C. Rajaratnam
(1958- )
T.C.Rajaratnam was born at the American Missionary Hospital in Inuvil. He has attended and served on the academic faculty at the University of Colombo, National University of Singapore, Open University of Sri Lanka, University of London, and Biola University.

As Defense Counsel he has appeared in the Brentford and Uxbridge County Courts, High Court of England; in the Shariah Court of the Sultanate of Oman; in the Supreme Court of Tasmania, New South Wales and Melbourne, Australia, and in the United States. Some of his submissions in Sri Lanka have been published in newspapers.

Rajaratnam has published several books and numerous articles in law journals and newspapers. He has composed several poems and is a member of the Lawyer-Poet Association and the U.S. Poets Society.

During his short tenure as a politician he has spoken on gross abuses of power and the interdependence of the judiciary. He was highly critical of a Chief Justice who stripped the Civic Rights of the First Lady Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike and was instrumental in prematurely terminating the services of his father as a Judge of the Supreme Court.

Rajaratnam has been a human rights activist who advocated that the legislature should enact laws in conformity to the UN Declaration of the Rights of Children. He led the CLARC-H.R. (Chambers for Legal Analysis, Research and Counselling for Human Rights) on a march from the office in Colombo to Campbell Park. He was accompanied by Dr.Jayatissa De Costa, Dr. Keerthisinghe, and several children who had been victims of sexual and emotional abuse. Some months later, after considerable publicity, new legislation was enacted.

Rajaratnam, Father, Justice T.W Rajaratnam Was a Barrister (Lincoln’s Inn) and Former Judge of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka. He Was a Member of Parliament from 1989 to 1994. Rajaratnam’s grandfather, T.C.RAJARATNAM was also a lawyer and statesman. He was a
founder member of the United National Party, and served as chairman of the American Ceylon Mission, and of Ceylon Malayan Tobacco Company.

W.J.M. Lokubandara

W.A. Abeysinghe
Teacher, journalist, lawyer, novelist, poet, lyric writer and critic

Anura Hegoda
[Anura Hegoda]


Muhammad Ahmad Mahjub
Lawyer, judge, poet, anticolonial activist, politician


Georg Stiernhielm
(1598- 1672)
"Georg Stiernhielm (1598-1672) wrote verse that was sophisticated both in form and in content, combining classical idealism with a Gothic strain. The folk songs in medieval style of Lasse Lucidor (1638-74) and the baroque rhymes of Gunno Dahlstjerna (1661-1709) were outstanding among poetical works." ["Swedish Literature," in The Columbia Encyclopedia (6th ed., 2001) ]

Arend van Slichtenhorst
(1636- )
Lawyer, poet, historian, author

J.G. Carlén


Albrecht von Haller
Botanist, physiologist, poet, and lawyer

Gottfried Keller
Swiss author, poet, humorist, lawyer. Born in Zurich. Noted for his German-Swiss short stories of provincial life.

François Berger
(1950- )
[See, Enis McIntire (ed.), International Who's Who in Poetry and Poets' Encyclopedia 47 (Cambridge, England: Melrose Press Ltd., 10th ed., 2001)]


Mathias E. Mnyampala
Mnyampala was born in Dodoma, Tanganyika (now Tanzania). He was a poet, scholar, jurist, and author of short fiction and wrote in Swahili. In his early career, Mnyampala served as a schoolteacher, a government clerk, and finally a liwali (a local administrator), but he spent most of his life in the judicial system. Mnyampala was an expert on inheritance law and on Swahili legal terminology. His first literary works were prose, but he is remembered today for his contributions to modern Swahili poetry. He authored the following collections of poetry: Waadhi wa ushairi (1960)("Poetic Exhortations"); Diwani ya Mnyampala (1960)("Mnyampala's Poetry Book"); Mashairi ya hekima (1965)("Poems of Wisdom"); Ngonjera za UKUTA (1970-71)(2 vols.)("Educational Verses from UKUTA")(UKUTA is the acronym of the Swahili poets' association found by Mnyampala. [Source: Encyclopedia Britannica Online]


Marlene Nourbese Philip
[See: Kristen Mahlis, A Poet of Place: An Interview with M. Nourbese Philip, 27 (3) Callaloo 682-697 (2004)]


Tupou Posesi Fanua
(1913- )
First trained as a nurse, then as a lawyer. For almost twenty years she worked as a member of the Tonga Traditions Committee at the Palace Records Office in Nuku'alofa and resigned that position in 1978. Her published works on Tongan traditions include two volumes of Tongan legends, Po Fananga (1975) and Po Tatala (1982). Her short stories and poems have been published in the journal Faikava. [Source: WorldCat, OCLC]


John la Rose
Co-founded the Caribbean Artists' Movement in 1966 and ran the New Beacon Bookshop in north London.

James Christopher Aboud
Aboud was born in Trinidad and presently resides there. His first collection of poetyr, The Stone Rose, was published in 1986. Aboud was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1984 and practices law in Trinidad and Tobago. Aboud's latest collection of poetry, Lagahoo Poems, was published by Peepal Tree in Great Britian in 2004.


"Baqi was at first a saddler, but he studied law and rose to the highest legal position of the empire. Poetry was the avocation of the great lawyer's leisure, and it won him the admiring friendship of the four successive Sultans who reigned during his life. The very name Baqi means 'that which lasts,' or 'the enduring,' so it has been frequently punned upon. The poet himself used a seal with a Persian couplet, 'Fleeting is the world, and without faith God alone endures (or, Baqi alone is god); all else is fleeting.'" [Turkish Poems The Legends and Poetry of The Turks] ["A Qaisda On Sultan Suleiman"] ["Gazel #21"] [Baqi]

Mustafa Efendi
( -1755)
Ottoman judge and poet

Ibrahim Nom (Avram Naon)(1870-1947)
Istanbul lawyer and poet [see: Encyclopedia Judiaca 1466 (Keter Pub. House, 1978)]

Oktay Rifat

Çelik Gülersoy
(1930-2003) [Wikipedia]

Gülten Akin
(1933- )
Gülten Akin, according to one source, is Turkey's most distinguished woman poet. Her family moved to Ankara in 1943 when she was a child. Akin attended the Ankara High School for girls, and then studied law at Ankara University. She has worked as a lawyer in Anatolia. Her major poetry collections include Rüzgâr Saati (Hour of the Wind)(1956), Kestim Kara Saçlarimi (I Cut My Dark Hair)(1960), Sigda (In the Shallows)(1964), Kirmizi Karanfil (Red Carnation)(1971), Maras'in ve Ökkes'in Destani (Epic of Maras and Ökkes)(1972), Agitlar ve Türküler (Elegies and Folk Songs)(1976), Ilahiler (Hymns)(1983), Sevda Kalicidir (Love Endures)(1991), Sonra Iste Yaslandim (It Was Then That I Aged)(1995), Sessiz Arka Bahçeler (Silent Back Yards)(1998), and Uzak Bir Kiyida (On a Distant Shore)(2004). Her Collected Poems was published in 2004. Akin's poem, "A Voiced Lament" appears in Naomi Shihab Nye (ed.), The Space Between Our Footsteps: Poems and Paintings From the Middle East and North Africa (Simon and Schuster, 1998).

Eþber Yaðmurdereli
(Esber Yagmurdereli)
Poet, lawyer, editor, playwright, screenwriter, short story writer, human rights activist, prisoner of conscience; Yagmurdereli is currently serving a jail sentence handed down in 1998.

August 9, 1999, Turkish Daily News

Gulten Akin

Bejan Matur
(1968– )
[Bio, Poetry International Web]


Ze'ev (Vladimir) Jabotinsky
(1880-1940) [Wikipedia]


Christine Kania

Busingye Kabumba
(1982- ) [Wikipedia]
Author of a poetry collection titled Whispers of My Soul (2001).


Emilio Frugoni
Poet, lawyer, diplomat, legislator, and leader of the Uruguayan Socialist Party
[See: Robert A. Gorman (ed.), Biographical Dictionary of Neo-Marxism (Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1985); "Latin American Lives: Selected Biographies," in Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture (New York: Macmillan Library Reference USA, 1996-1998); Philip Ward (ed.), The Oxford Companion to Spanish Literature (Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, Clarendon Press, 1978)] [Wikipedia]

Ildefonso Pereda Valdés
(1899- )
Poet, professor, critic, lawyer; awarded the "Gran Premio Nacional de Literatura" in 1985

Mariella Nigro

Laura Chalar
Laura Chalar is a lawyer, poet and short story writer. She edits the poetry section of the literary magazine Letra Nueva. Her first book of poetry was published in 2005 in Montevideo; her collection of short stories about the legal profession was published in 2007. Born in Montevideo, she currently lives in Buenos Aires.


Andres Bello
Poet, jurist, philologist and Venezuelan patriot [See Andres Bello, Selected Writings of Andres Bello (New York: Oxford University Press, 1997); Antonio Cussen & enrique Pupo-Walker (eds,), Bello and Bolivar: Poetry and Politics in the Spanish American Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 1992)]

Alberto Arvelo Torrealba
(1905-1971) [Wikipedia]

José Ramón Medina Elorga
(1919-2010) [Wikipedia]

Rafael Arráiz Lucca
(1959- ) [Wikipedia]

José Jesús Villa Pelayo
(1962- ) [Wikipedia]

Tarek William Saab Halabi
(1963- ) [Wikipedia] President, Foreign Policy Permanent Commission; Venezuelan National Assembly; lawyer and poet and active member of the Venezuelan human rights movement


Hao-Nhiev Vu


Alojz Gradnik
Gradnik studied in Vienna and went to become a judge and hold high judicial office in Yugoslavia. He is identified as a "Slovene modernist." His work "consists of a warmly humane yet factual chronicle of life in Brda, a combination of social questioning and sorrowful nationalism." For English readers it has been his "personally tinged, eruptive lyric poetry" which has received attention. Gradnik often used the sonnet form. [Wikipedia]

Koca Popovic
Paris-trained lawyer, poet, fought in the Spanish Civil War, served as government official, in 1946 became Foreign Minister of Yugoslavia


Edson Jonasi Zvobgo
(1935-2004) [Wikipedia]

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