Letters to a Young Lawyer
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - horacewimsey - LibraryThing
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. Read full review
I have been practicing criminal law for over 15 years. I am a conservative not a liberal. When I first started practicing law I thought that I needed to be more persuasive so I could convince the judges that these cops were lying. After a number of years I realized that the judges know these officers are lying and I had to convince them to care about it. This book explains why judges often times deny motions to suppress that they should have granted.
Live the Passion of Your Times
Have a Good Enemies List
Dont Do What Youre Best At
Dont Have Deathbed Regrets
Dont Follow OfftheRack Advice
Dont Limit Your Options by Making a Lot of Money
Dont Risk What You Dont Have Enough of to Get More of What You Have Plenty Of
Where Can You Learn Advocacy?
The Aha Theory
Arguing in the Supreme Court
Who Is Your Client?
Dont Underestimate Your Opponent
The Prosecutors Blind Spot
Is There an Absolute Morality?
Should Good Lawyers Defend Bad People?
Defending Yourself from Legal McCarthyism
How to Balance Idealism Realism and Cynicism
Your Last Exam
The Perfect Is the Enemy of the Excellent
An Honorable Profession?
Blowing the Whistle
The Good the Bad the Honest and the Dishonest
Your Client Is Not Your Friend
Stop Whining Start Winning
Winning and Losing
The Difference Between a Prosecutor and a Defense Attorney
Lawyers Moralsand Other Oxymorons
Know When to Fightand When to Give In
Dealing with Criticism
Being a Good Person
Can a Good Lawyer Be a Good Person?
Can You Pass the Fluoridation Test?
Graduating Law Students
Graduating University Students
Why Be a Good Person?