In Approaching the Bench: Tales of a Private Damage Lawyer, lawyer Jan Weinberg shares a few of his most fascinating circumstances over a profession that has spanned a long time. Starting with tales of his time at Harvard Legislation College-years marked by anxiousness and skipping classes-to his first project to a shopper whereas nonetheless a legislation pupil, after which being a accomplice in a legislation agency and at last working towards on his personal in Hawaii, Weinberg provides a revealing portrait of not solely the purchasers, judges, and opponents he confronted within the courtroom, but additionally a have a look at how being a lawyer at occasions affected his private life.
Anybody who loves good courtroom drama will discover a lot to get pleasure from on this e book. There are fascinating particulars about how Weinberg researches his circumstances and finds precedents for his arguments; there are feminine purchasers extra desirous about hitting on him than having him defend them, and there are some heart-wrenching tales of purchasers who desperately wanted somebody to face up and combat for his or her rights, and Weinberg was in a position to do this for them.
Whereas I can not element each story right here, I will briefly point out a number of of my favorites. One case Weinberg wasn’t concerned in however that was a key case he realized about in legislation faculty was the case of the furry hand-in this case, a health care provider did a pores and skin graft by taking pores and skin from a affected person’s chest and utilizing it for his hand-when chest hair grew on the affected person’s hand, the affected person was not completely happy. This case is one each good legislation pupil apparently is aware of about.
In Weinberg’s first case, which he was assigned whereas nonetheless a legislation pupil via Harvard Authorized Assist, he dealt with a divorce. He rapidly found how a lot he nonetheless wanted to study regardless of his legislation faculty coaching. His shopper was getting divorced for the primary time, however her pal, who accompanied her to her appointment with Weinberg, had been divorced 3 times and apparently knew extra about courtroom protocol when it got here to divorce circumstances than he did, so he realized a factor or two from her.
In one other case, Weinberg was assigned to do a little analysis in a professional bono case the place a accomplice was representing a convicted financial institution robber in his attraction. The conviction was based mostly on an identification of the shopper’s left elbow that was hanging out of the getaway automobile’s window.
All through his profession, Weinberg has confirmed himself excellent at researching his circumstances and making ready for trial in addition to inspecting and cross-examining witnesses. As Weinberg states at one level, “So, if an lawyer is not keen to spend time after hours and on weekends to consider circumstances whereas strolling, gardening, understanding, and even performing primary bodily features, to analysis, to query, and to fret, then an space of legislation aside from a private harm observe would virtually actually be a greater match.” Weinberg’s tales and outcomes testify to the truth that he was at all times, like Perry Mason, attempting to determine his circumstances and technique from each angle potential.
One story that actually made me admire Weinberg’s methods within the courtroom was when he was questioning a health care provider who was an skilled witness within the trial for his aspect. Feigning full disclosure, however actually to get the jury’s sympathy, Weinberg requested the physician whether or not it was true that he was a convicted felon. The person replied, “Sure, I’m a convicted felon. However, please, might I clarify. As I instructed the jury, I’m a Hungarian. You might recall that in 1956, the Soviet Union despatched tanks and troops to overhaul our nation. I used to be a younger man then, and with different younger males crammed Coke bottles with gasoline and inserted rags in them. We might run as much as the tanks, mild the rags, and throw the bottles beneath the tanks. We known as ourselves ‘freedom fighters.’ The Soviets known as us ‘terrorists.’ I used to be convicted of terrorism and spent two years in a Soviet jail in solitary confinement.” Weinberg goes on to say that the physician “spoke in a mellifluous tone of voice, with a definite Hungarian accent. His efficiency was operatic. He was mesmerizing. He spoke on to the juror who gave the impression to be drawn to him. She had tears in her eyes as he completed his reply. The Hungarian dance of affection appeared prefer it was succeeding.”
Loads of different tales within the e book will fascinate, shock, and entertain readers. One landmark case from 1996 that Weinberg was concerned in involved a pedestrian who was hit by a driver who might have been utilizing a cellular phone. This occurred lengthy earlier than there have been discussions concerning the risks of cellular phone use whereas driving. Sarcastically, twice throughout the trial, the motive force’s cellular phone rang, which solely made her look worse to the jury. Different tales exhibit how handwriting samples are used to find out potential jurors’ personalities, and the way Weinberg has used mock jury trials to find out the strengths and weaknesses of a case earlier than going to trial.
Approaching the Bench will attraction to legislation college students, attorneys, and anybody else concerned with the courtroom system or just a fan of courtroom drama. I am positive that after so a few years of working towards legislation, Jan Weinberg has solely shared the tip of the iceberg with the tales on this quantity. I would not be shocked if he writes one other e book sometime. I am positive followers of this quantity will welcome it.