December 31, 2006
Lawyer as Polymath
If you skipped over the "Up Front" squib in the New York Times Book Review this morning, you missed the profile of one of this week's critics, London solicitor-advocate Anthony Julius. Julius is a beneficiary of the relaxation of the monopoly of English barristers on trial practice, so he not only prepares cases for trial, but appears in court as well. He represented Princess Diana in her lawsuit against the newspaper who published photos of her exercising in a gym, as well as Deborah Lipstadt in a libel suit involving claims arising out of her book on Holocaust denial.
Julius has a Ph.D. in English literature, and is the author of T.S. Eliot, Anti-Semitism, and Literary Form. His piece in today's Times is a review of a new art collection by Hilton Kramer, the Times's former chief art critic.
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