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In Pursuit of Right and Justice : Edward Weinfeld as Lawyer and Judge - William E. Nelson

In Pursuit of Right and Justice

Edward Weinfeld as Lawyer and Judge

Hardcover Published: 1st August 2004
ISBN: 9780814758281
Number Of Pages: 291

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In Pursuit of Right and Justice chronicles the life of the United States District Court's Judge Edward Weinfeld, from his humble Lower East Side origins to his distinction as one of the nation's most respected federal judges. Judge Edward Weinfeld's personal growth and socio-economic mobility provides an excellent illustration of how Catholics and Jews descended from turn-of-the-century immigrants were assimilated into the mainstream of New York and American life during the course of the twentieth century. Weinfeld left a rich collection of personal papers that William E. Nelson examines, which depict the compromises and sacrifices Weinfeld had to make to attain professional advancement. Weinfeld's jurisprudence remained closely tied to his own personal values and to the historical contexts in which cases came to his court.

Nelson aptly describes how Weinfeld strove to avoid making new law. He tried to make decisions on preexisting rules or bedrock legal principles; he achieved just results by searching for and finding facts that called those rules into play. Weinfeld's vision of justice was simultaneously a liberal one that enabled him to develop law that reflected societal change, and an apolitical one that did not rest on contested policy judgments.

"Provides a richly documented history of Weinfeld's personal and professional life." -- The Law and Politics Book Review "This book leaves Weinfeld, as most of his social circle doubtless found him: an admirable and highly accomplished man whose deeper self remained a mystery, perhaps to him as much as to anyone else."--Trial

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Always a New Yorkerp. 7
Youthp. 17
Getting Startedp. 31
Familyp. 58
Politics and Public Servicep. 76
Friendshipp. 97
The Making of a Judgep. 113
The Patriarch: Edward Weinfeld's Judicial Stylep. 133
The Liberal: Edward Weinfeld's Judicial Valuesp. 156
Teacher and Mentorp. 174
The Judge as Societal Advisorp. 194
The Blessings and Tribulations of Agep. 207
And the Just Shall Bring Forth Wisdomp. 221
Notesp. 229
Indexp. 285
About the Authorp. 291
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ISBN: 9780814758281
ISBN-10: 0814758282
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 291
Published: 1st August 2004
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.59
Weight (kg): 0.56