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Letters to a Young Lawyer
     

Letters to a Young Lawyer

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by Alan M. Dershowitz
 

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ISBN-10: 0465016332

ISBN-13: 9780465016334

Pub. Date: 04/11/2005

Publisher: Basic Books


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

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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."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465016334
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
04/11/2005
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
578,212
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introductionxi
Part I: Life and Career
1 Pick Your Heroes Carefully3
2 Live the Passion of Your Times15
3 Have a Good Enemies' List19
4 Don't Do What You're Best At21
5 Don't Have Deathbed Regrets25
6 Don't Follow "Off-the-Rack" Advice29
7 Don't Limit Your Options by Making a Lot of Money33
8 Don't Risk What You Don't Have Enough of to Get More
of What You Have Plenty Of37
9 Is There an Absolute Morality?41
10 Should Good Lawyers Defend Bad People?47
11 Defending Yourself from Legal McCarthyism57
12 How to Balance Idealism, Realism and Cynicism65
13 Your Last Exam69
14 Self-Doubts73
15 The Perfect Is the Enemy- of theExcellent77
16 An Honorable Profession?79
17 Blowing the Whistle83
18 The Good, the Bad, the Honest and the Dishonest87
19 Your Client Is Not Your Friend95
20 StopWhining, Start Winning99
Part II: Winning and Losing
21 Where Can You Learn Advocacy?105
22 Winning Before a Jury: The "Aha" Theory111
23 Winning Before a Judge: Political Justice119
24 Arguing in the Supreme Court125
25 Who Is Your Client?129
26 Losing133
27 Don't Underestimate Your Opponent135
28 The Prosecutor's Blind Spot137
29 The Difference Between a Prosecutor and a Defense
Attorney147
30 Lawyers' Morals—and Other Oxymorons151
31 Know When to Fight—and When to Give In161
32 Dealing with Criticism163
Part III: Being a Good Person
33 Can a Good Lawyer Be a Good Person?169
34 Can You Pass the "Fluoridation" Test?177
35 Graduating Law Students181
36 Graduating University Students187
37 Why Be a Good Person?193
Notes201

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