By Alan M. Dershowitz
Part of the Jewish come upon series
One of the world’s best-known legal professionals provides us a no-holds-barred heritage of Jewish attorneys: from the biblical Abraham via modern day advocates who've replaced the realm via difficult the established order, protecting the unpopular, contributing to the rule of thumb of legislations, and following the biblical command to pursue justice.
The Hebrew Bible’s nice examples of advocacy on behalf of challenging defendants—Abraham attempting to persuade God to not spoil the folks of Sodom, and Moses attempting to persuade God to not smash the golden-calf-worshipping teenagers of Israel—established the template for Jewish legal professionals for the subsequent 4,500 years. even if simply because all through background Jews have came across themselves unjustly accused of crimes starting from deicide to ritual baby homicide to treason, or as the biblical exhortation that “justice, justice, shall you pursue” has been implanted within the Jewish psyche, Jewish legal professionals were on the leading edge in battles opposed to tyranny, in advocating for these denied due approach, in negotiating for simply and equitable suggestions to advanced criminal difficulties, and in efforts to make sure a good trial for an individual accused of a crime.
Dershowitz profiles Jewish attorneys famous and unheralded, widespread and excoriated, successful and defeated—and, after all, offers us a few glimpses into the gung-ho perform of legislations, Dershowitz-style. Louis Brandeis, Theodor Herzl, Judah Benjamin, Max Hirschberg, René Cassin, Bruno Kreisky, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Irwin Cotler are only many of the “idol smashers, advocates, collaborators, rescuers, and deal makers” who helped to alter historical past. Dershowitz’s concepts at the way forward for the Jewish attorney are provided with an identical perception, shrewdness, and candor which are the hallmarks of his greater than 4 many years of writings at the legislation and the way it really is (and may still be!) practiced.
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Abraham: The World's First (But Certainly Not Last) Jewish Lawyer (Jewish Encounters Series) by Alan M. Dershowitz