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Pride Versus PrejudiceJewish Doctors and Lawyers in England, 1890-1990$
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John Cooper

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774877

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774877.001.0001

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Jewish Communist, Socialist, and Maverick Lawyers

Jewish Communist, Socialist, and Maverick Lawyers

(p.329) Thirteen Jewish Communist, Socialist, and Maverick Lawyers
Pride Versus Prejudice

John Cooper

Liverpool University Press

This chapter reflects on Jewish communist, socialist, and maverick lawyers. Whereas many Jewish solicitors viewed their profession primarily from a business perspective—and were extremely successful in both business and professional terms—another group of solicitors from the same east European background were driven by more altruistic motives, impelled by a zealous pursuit of justice on behalf of their clients or devoted to active campaigning for specific legal reform. Some members of this latter group were communists; a larger number of the outstanding Jewish lawyers from the second generation of east European immigrants were associated with the Labour Party; still others were mavericks. Since the disintegration of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, it has become apparent that the recruitment of Jewish lawyers into the Communist Party was a passing phase born out of the frustrations of the 1930s, and the misplaced idealism of the early 1950s. Towards the end of the century, Jewish radicalism continued in new forms.

Keywords:   Jewish lawyers, Jewish communist lawyers, Jewish socialist lawyers, Jewish maverick lawyers, Jewish solicitors, legal reform, Jewish radicalism, east European immigrants, Labour Party, Communist Party

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