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Dershowitz starts with Abraham in history of Jewish lawyers

By Neasa MacErlean

21 September 2015 at 09:01 BST

Having joked with Woody Allen that he wished he could have represented Jesus, Professor Alan Dershowitz has written a history of Jewish lawyers running from Abraham to Rene Cassin and Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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The book by the professor, famed for his defences of OJ Simpson, Claus von Bulow and others, is published on 6 October. The lawyer, who taught at Harvard Law School for 50 years before retiring in 2014, says he has a particular admiration for Abraham. 


Explaining why he was drawn to the subject, he said: 'Abraham is the only biblical character that starts his career arguing with God.' Born in Brooklyn, New York, he said he is a child of the post-Holocaust era, growing up in a location where many people were concentration camp survivors and had numbers tattooed on their wrists as a result. 'My sense of justice clearly arose from avoiding injustices,' he said. Source: Wall Street Journal


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