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 historical past of Jewish legal professionals: from the biblical Abraham via modern day advocates who've replaced the realm via demanding the established order, protecting the unpopular, contributing to the guideline of legislation, 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 wreck the folks of Sodom, and Moses attempting to persuade God to not wreck the golden-calf-worshipping young children of Israel—established the template for Jewish legal professionals for the following 4,500 years. no matter if simply because all through heritage 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 legal professionals were on the leading edge in battles opposed to tyranny, in advocating for these denied due strategy, in negotiating for simply and equitable options to advanced felony difficulties, and in efforts to make sure a good trial for a person accused of a crime.
Dershowitz profiles Jewish legal professionals recognized and unheralded, sought after and excoriated, positive and defeated—and, after all, offers us a few glimpses into the gung-ho perform of legislation, 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 heritage. Dershowitz’s options at the way forward for the Jewish attorney are offered with an identical 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