Lawyers For the Left - Book
Lawyers For the Left - Book
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LAWYERS FOR THE LEFT: In the Courts, In the Streets and On the Air
A man walks into a bar, orders a drink and says to the bartender “You know, all lawyers are assholes.” Another man, sitting at the bar, overhears him and shouts “I take exceptions to that!” “Why?” asks the first man, “Are you a lawyer?” “No” says the second man “I’m an asshole.”

Lawyers generally get a bad rap. In a recent survey only 18% of the public thought they had high ethical standards, placing them near the bottom of the table, just below TV reporters.

Not all lawyers deserve this reputation. In this lively, accessible new book Michael Smith profiles a range of lawyers who, as radicals and socialists, devoted their careers to representing victims of injustice rather than the rich and the privileged. Their clients included Martin Luther King and Angela Davis, the prisoners in the infamous massacre at Attica, people who suffered torture, police abuse, mass arrests, and segregation. Their stories are inspiring and often moving. They may even begin to give lawyers a good name.

Lawyers profiled include: Leonard Boudin, Haywood Burns, Ramsey Clark, Rhonda Copelon, Bill Goodman, Abdeen Jabara, Conrad Lynn, William Kunstler, Jim Lafferty, Holly Maguigan, Michael Ratner, Bill Schaap, Lynne Stewart, Jan Susler, Michael Tigar, Leonard Weinglass, Peter Weiss, Mel Wulf, Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, and Victor Rabinowitz.

“An informative and inspirational insight into the minds and spirits of some of the most incredible servants of the people ever produced in this country.” —Ajamu Baraka, Green Party vice-presidential candidate.

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