By Alan M. Dershowitz
Part of the Jewish stumble upon series
One of the world’s best-known legal professionals offers us a no-holds-barred background of Jewish attorneys: from the biblical Abraham via modern day advocates who've replaced the realm via hard the established order, protecting the unpopular, contributing to the rule of thumb of legislation, and following the biblical command to pursue justice.
The Hebrew Bible’s nice examples of advocacy on behalf of difficult defendants—Abraham attempting to persuade God to not ruin the folks of Sodom, and Moses attempting to persuade God to not smash the golden-calf-worshipping young ones of Israel—established the template for Jewish attorneys for the subsequent 4,500 years. no matter if simply because all through background Jews have discovered 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 attorneys were on the vanguard in battles opposed to tyranny, in advocating for these denied due technique, in negotiating for simply and equitable strategies to complicated felony difficulties, and in efforts to make sure a good trial for a person accused of a crime.
Dershowitz profiles Jewish attorneys recognized and unheralded, trendy and excoriated, triumphant and defeated—and, in fact, supplies 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 a number of the “idol smashers, advocates, collaborators, rescuers, and deal makers” who helped to alter background. Dershowitz’s innovations at the way forward for the Jewish attorney are provided with an analogous perception, shrewdness, and candor which are the hallmarks of his greater than 4 a long time of writings at the legislation and the way it truly is (and should 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