April 18, 2008
Robert Bennett Memoir Recommended from Tomorrow's Litigators (Law Students)
[Bennett*s legal career narrative] chronicles his highest-profile cases, often supplemented with detailed trial transcripts of his cross-examinations. These sections are likely to impress fellow trial lawyers or those familiar with trial practice. To the layperson, the skillfulness may be lost. -- Joshua S. Sellers, The Law School and the Department of Political Science, University of Chicago, Law and Politics Book Review
In the Ring: The Trials of a Washington Lawyer
by Robert S. Bennett
List Price: $27.50
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Crown; 1 edition (February 19, 2008)
Book Description: Robert S. Bennett has been a lawyer for more than forty years. In that time, he’s taken on dozens of high-proﬁle and groundbreaking cases and emerged as the go-to guy for the nation’s elite. Bob Bennett gained international recognition as one of America’s best lawyers for leading the defense of President Bill Clinton in the Paula Jones case. But long before, and ever since, representing a sitting president, he has fought for justice for many famous (and some now infamous) clients. This is his story.
Born in Brooklyn and an amateur boxer in his youth, Bennett has always brought his street ﬁghter’s mentality to the courtroom. His case history is a who’s who of ﬁgures who have dominated legal headlines: super lobbyist Tommy Corcoran, former Secretaries of Defense Clark Clifford and Caspar Weinberger, Marge Schott, and, most recently, New York Times reporter Judith Miller and former World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz. Bennett also served as special counsel to the Senate during the ABSCAM and Keating Five scandals and was a leading member of the National Review Board for the Protection of Children & Young People, created by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in response to the sex abuse allegations.
Taking the reader deep within his most intriguing and difﬁcult cases, In the Ring shows how Bennett has argued for what’s right, won for his clients, and effected his share of change on the system. This is an intimate and compelling memoir of one lawyer’s attempt to ﬁght hard and fair.
About the Author: Robert S. Bennett is the country’s leading criminal defense and crisis management lawyer for corporations and individuals in trouble. He has recently represented Enron, KPMG, and Health South. He is a partner with the ﬁrm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, the photographer Ellen Gilbert Bennett.
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