Is there ambiguity in the following sentence:

The court appointed her an attorney.

Can it be interpreted as:

“The court made her an attorney”.
“The court gave her an attorney”.


Yes, it isn’t clear. If you wanted to indicate that she was the attorney, you would have to say: The court appointed her as an attorney. If you wanted to say that she had the services of an attorney, you would say:The court appointed an attorney for her.

Makes sense.
Thanks Alan!