Letters to a Young Lawyer (Google eBook)

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Basic Books, Jul 31, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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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."
  

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User Review  - Will - Goodreads

So far (and premature) it, and Mr. Dershowitz's writing style, fascinate and edify me! Read full review

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User Review  - wenshuren - Goodreads

As this is a non-fiction, hence to me this book is more exciting and more thrill than reading John Grisham's fictions. Read full review

Contents

Pick Your Heroes Carefully
3
Live the Passion of Your Times
15
Have a Good Enemies List
19
Dont Do What Youre Best At
21
Dont Have Deathbed Regrets
25
Dont Follow OfftheRack Advice
29
Dont Limit Your Options by Making a Lot of Money
33
Dont Risk What You Dont Have Enough of to Get More of What You Have Plenty Of
37
Where Can You Learn Advocacy?
105
The Aha Theory
111
Political Justice
119
Arguing in the Supreme Court
125
Who Is Your Client?
129
Losing
133
Dont Underestimate Your Opponent
135
The Prosecutors Blind Spot
137

Is There an Absolute Morality?
41
Should Good Lawyers Defend Bad People?
47
Defending Yourself from Legal McCarthyism
57
How to Balance Idealism Realism and Cynicism
65
Your Last Exam
69
SelfDoubts
73
The Perfect Is the Enemy of the Excellent
77
An Honorable Profession?
79
Blowing the Whistle
83
The Good the Bad the Honest and the Dishonest
87
Your Client Is Not Your Friend
95
Stop Whining Start Winning
99
Winning and Losing
103
The Difference Between a Prosecutor and a Defense Attorney
147
Lawyers Moralsand Other Oxymorons
151
Know When to Fightand When to Give In
161
Dealing with Criticism
163
Being a Good Person
167
Can a Good Lawyer Be a Good Person?
169
Can You Pass the Fluoridation Test?
177
Graduating Law Students
181
Graduating University Students
187
Why Be a Good Person?
193
Notes
201
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About the author (2008)

Alan Dershowitz is Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Known as a defense lawyer, he is also a litigator, columnist, lecturer, book reviewer, and prolific author. His recent books include Sexual McCarthyism, on the Starr investigation, and Reasonable Doubts, on the O. J. Simpson case. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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