In Pursuit of Right and Justice: Edward Weinfeld as Lawyer and Judge

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In Pursuit of Right and Justice chronicles the life of the United States District Court's Judge Edward Weinfeld, from his humble Lower East Side origins to his distinction as one of the nation's most respected federal judges. Judge Edward Weinfeld's personal growth and socio-economic mobility provides an excellent illustration of how Catholics and Jews descended from turn-of-the-century immigrants were assimilated into the mainstream of New York and American life during the course of the twentieth century. ...

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Overview

In Pursuit of Right and Justice chronicles the life of the United States District Court's Judge Edward Weinfeld, from his humble Lower East Side origins to his distinction as one of the nation's most respected federal judges. Judge Edward Weinfeld's personal growth and socio-economic mobility provides an excellent illustration of how Catholics and Jews descended from turn-of-the-century immigrants were assimilated into the mainstream of New York and American life during the course of the twentieth century. Weinfeld left a rich collection of personal papers that William E. Nelson examines, which depict the compromises and sacrifices Weinfeld had to make to attain professional advancement. Weinfeld's jurisprudence remained closely tied to his own personal values and to the historical contexts in which cases came to his court.

Nelson aptly describes how Weinfeld strove to avoid making new law. He tried to make decisions on preexisting rules or bedrock legal principles; he achieved just results by searching for and finding facts that called those rules into play. Weinfeld's vision of justice was simultaneously a liberal one that enabled him to develop law that reflected societal change, and an apolitical one that did not rest on contested policy judgments.

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"Provides a richly documented history of Weinfeld's personal and professional life."

-The Law and Politics Book Review,

"This book leaves Weinfeld, as most of his social circle doubtless found him: an admirable and highly accomplished man whose deeper self remained a mystery, perhaps to him as much as to anyone else."

-Trial,

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814758281
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 8/30/2004
  • Pages: 291
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

William E. Nelson served as law clerk to Judge Edward Weinfeld during 1965-66. He later was law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White. He is currently professor of law at New York University.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction 1
1 Always a New Yorker 7
2 Youth 17
3 Getting Started 31
4 Family 58
5 Politics and Public Service 76
6 Friendship 97
7 The Making of a Judge 113
8 The Patriarch: Edward Weinfeld's Judicial Style 133
9 The Liberal: Edward Weinfeld's Judicial Values 156
10 Teacher and Mentor 174
11 The Judge as Societal Advisor 194
12 The Blessings and Tribulations of Age 207
13 And the Just Shall Bring Forth Wisdom 221
Notes 229
Index 285
About the Author 291
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