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March 25, 2013
I practiced law for 30 years and mentored students at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law for almost 20 years. Whenever a student successfully completed the first year of law school, I would give her Gideon's Trumpet. In clear and lucid prose that anyone could understand, Anthony Lewis explained the arcane procedures of the U.S. Supreme Court and abstract legal concepts such as "selective incorporation". But most importantly, he told an inspiring story of how a barely literate drifter persuaded the Supreme Court to change its mind and extend the Sixth Amendment's right to counsel to the States -- with the assistance of appointed appellate counsel, Abe Fortas, and his colleagues, of course. The book exemplifies how creative and noble the legal profession can be. I once wrote to him about giving his book to my mentees, and he sent me a brief but gracious response. Years later, I met him before a lecture he was giving at Case, and he autographed my copies of "Gideon's Trumpet" and "Make No Law". He was a great writer and a true gentleman. It is fitting, if not, ironic, that Lewis died as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright.
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