A Backhanded View of the Law: Irreverent Essays on Justice

Mordecai Rosenfeld, Author Ox Bow Press $29.5 (217p) ISBN 978-0-918024-90-9
Many of these delightful, short essays by wise and funny corporate lawyer and legal scholar Rosenfeld ( The Lament of the Single Practitioner ) originally appeared in the New York Law Journal , for which the author is a columnist. Except for the mordant pieces concerning criteria for selection of Supreme Court justices, comparing posh, 1000-member law firms with Abraham Lincoln's practice and considering the morality of the Persian Gulf war, the author provides gentle, astutearen't the mordant pieces also astute?/reviewer thinks not.gs commentary on the absurdities of our justice system and its practitioners, whom he accuses of venerating ``hoary precedents'' as their guide rather than simple justice. In a deceptively casual, chatty style, Rosenfeld draws on history, literature, sports, nature and his own life and career to drive home his points about the law and the human condition. (May)
Reviewed on: 02/03/1992
Release date: 02/01/1992
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