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We are obsessed with watching television shows and feature films about lawyers, reading legal thrillers, and following real-life trials. Yet, at the same time, most of us don't trust lawyers and hold them and the legal system in very low esteem.
In The Myth of Moral Justice, law professor and novelist Thane Rosenbaum suggests that this paradox stems from the fact that citizens and the courts are at odds when it comes to their definitions of justice. With a lawyer's expertise and a novelist's sensability, Rosenbaum tackles complicated philosophical questions about our longing for moral justice. He also takes a critical look at what our legal system does to the spirits of those who must come before the law, along with those who practice within it.
Thane Rosenbaum teaches courses in human rights, legal humanities, and law and literature at Fordham Law School. He is also an award-winning novelist (The Golems of Gotham, Second Hand Smoke, and Elijah Visible). His essays appear frequently in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and other national publications. He lives in New York City with his daughter, Basia Tess.
“This is a thoughtful look at the shortcomings of the American legal system.”
“Rosenbaum should be read by every law student in America.”
-New York Times Book Review
“Mr. Rosenbaum’s complaints about the current legal system are widely shared.”
-The New York Sun
“[Rosenbaum] cleverly enlivens his discourse with histrionic scenes from novels, films, plays and TV.”
“[Rosenbaum’s] book ought to be required reading in law schools and continuing legal education classes.”