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John Adams

Early Career

Who were some of Adams’s mentors and heroes in his early legal career?

Adams studied law under the tutelage of Jeremiah Gridley. He also looked up to James Otis, a lawyer and writer, who was a magnificent advocate in the courtroom. Otis is best known for fighting against the use of writs of assistance, search warrants that allowed British naval officials to conduct roving searches without any semblance of probable cause.



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