Dershowitz helps inaugurate a new series called the Art of Mentoring with this volume of advice and reflection on practicing law. Several unifying themes run throughout, most prominently the ethical traps—for defense attorneys, prosecutors and even judges—inherent in the practice of criminal law. Dershowitz alerts a fledgling lawyer to the systemic bias, corner-cutting and outright cheating that he sees permeating the criminal courts. While Dershowitz recognizes the ethical ambiguity that suffuses much of the law, he is more concerned with communicating the moral absolutes he believes in. These include the uncompromising obligation of a defense lawyer to work for the accused's acquittal by all legitimate means. A believer in telling the truth, Dershowitz excoriates deceitful lawyers and hypocritical judges alike.
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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? As defender of both the righteous and the questionable, Alan Dershowitz has become perhaps the most famous and outspoken attorney in the land.
Whether or not they agree with his legal tactics, most people would agree that he possesses a powerful and profound sense of justice. In this meditation on his profession, Dershowitz writes about life, law, and the opportunities that young lawyers have to do good and do well at the same time. We live in an age of growing dissatisfaction with law as a career, which ironically comes at a time of unprecedented wealth for many lawyers.
Dershowitz addresses this paradox, as well as the uncomfortable reality of working hard for clients who are often without many redeeming qualities. He writes about the lure of money, fame, and power, as well as about the seduction of success. In the process, he conveys some of the "tricks of the trade" that have helped him win cases and become successful at the art and practice of "lawyering.
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Known as a defence lawyer, he is also a litigator, columnist, lecturer, book reviewer, and prolific author. Simpson case. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Customers who bought this item also bought.
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The book inspired me not only about lawyering, but also about writing. Professor Dershowitz expressed in the book a unique idea that some professors he knew do not publish certain good ideas until they can polish them to perfection, and sometimes, due to lack of time, perfection does not come and good ideas do not get published and shared with the public, as an encouragement to publish when it is good, not necessarily when it is perfect.
I already started a legal blog shortly before I read the book, I was inspired by Professor Dershowitz' ideas to continue the blog, and to write books not published yet. What is or should be the main core in the legal profession is the ability to stand your grounds, against all odds and against threats to your personal well-being.
Professor Dershowitz did it many times in his legal career. Once again, the book is an inspiration. Great book, a must read for all new law grads.
Only reason I docked a star is because he tends to speak in platitudes and his advice is mostly relevant to criminal law. Still came away with a few great ideas after reading it. Professor Dershowitz's book is a series of short letters, each proffering a piece of advice to young lawyers. Although the introduction begins with a promise that Dershowitz will try "to be conscious of avoiding the mistake of telling you how to become me," he inevitably falls into that trap and spends many pages lecturing the reader on the evils of particular political views and the corruption of particular high-profile enemies of his.
Not a fan of the Bush v. Gore decision? You will find plenty of vitriol in this book to support that view -- sentences like: "The Supreme Court's decision in Bush v. Gore should be followed But it should not be respected, any more than the robed cheaters who wrote it should be respected. For instance, "If we move away from the American tradition of lawyers defending those with whom they vehemently disagree Each of the chapters focuses on one discrete element, and Dershowitz excels at inspiring his reader to think.
A myriad of topics are covered, from self-doubt to absolute morality, from winning and losing to dealing with criticism. Whether you agree or disagree with his opinions, Dershowitz provides plenty of food for thought, and I could scarcely read three pages before shutting the book to ponder a new idea. This is a great book to start a young lawyer or aspiring lawyer thinking about the profession, but be warned that the language and the rhetoric get a bit heated in places. It's refreshing to read the author.
He has the experienced needed to gave advice to a young generation. Also, this letters put me in a new decision: Fight to liberty in my country working in the criminal law arena.
You have to read it! It was pleasing to read a book that is an honest appraisal on the expectation of the work of lawyering. I found the book to be a suprising juxtaposition between the reality of career v mortality. Alan Dershowitz expeirence illustrates the perils of a profession requiring strong social and professional ethics. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.
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LETTERS TO A YOUNG LAWYER
Beware Dershowitz's politics, but read the book anyway. You won't find anything in here you haven't already heard after the first week of law school. But Dershowitz is a big man in his field, so it couldn't hurt to hear what he has to say. Letters to a Young Lawyer.
'Letters to a Young Lawyer'
Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? As defender of both the righteous and the questionable, Alan Dershowitz has become perhaps the most famous and outspoken attorney in the land. Whether or not they agree with his legal tactics, most people would agree that he possesses a powerful and profound sense of justice.
Letters to a Young Lawyer
Lawyers tend to be hero worshippers. Perhaps because we often work on an ethically ambiguous terrain, we need to create larger-than-life role models to look up to. We airbrush the warts of our heroes and turn them into saints who could do no wrong. Eventually, we learn the truth and we become disappointed, if not disillusioned. I know, since I have been through the process on several occasions.