© 2013

How Can You Represent Those People?

  • Editors
  • Abbe Smith
  • Monroe H. Freedman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Barbara Babcock
    Pages 1-13
  3. Paul Butler
    Pages 15-27
  4. Tucker Carrington
    Pages 29-41
  5. Angela J. Davis
    Pages 43-64
  6. Alan M. Dershowitz
    Pages 65-71
  7. Vida B. Johnson
    Pages 81-91
  8. Joseph Margulies
    Pages 93-112
  9. William R. Montross Jr., Meghan Shapiro
    Pages 113-120
  10. Ann Roan
    Pages 121-138
  11. David A. Singleton
    Pages 139-156
  12. Abbe Smith
    Pages 157-176
  13. Robin Steinberg
    Pages 177-183
  14. Michael E. Tigar
    Pages 185-198
  15. Alice Woolley
    Pages 199-210
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 211-228

About this book


How Can You Represent Those People? is the first-ever collection of essays offering a response to the 'Cocktail Party Question' asked of every criminal lawyer. A must-read for anyone interested in race, poverty, crime, punishment, and what makes lawyers tick.


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About the authors

Barbara Babcock, Stanford Law School, USA Paul Butler, Georgetown Law School, USA Tucker Carrington, The University of Mississippi College of Law, USA Angela J. Davis, American University Washington College of Law, USA Alan M. Dershowitz, Harvard Law School, USA Vida B. Johnson, Georgetown Law School, USA Joseph Margulies, Northwestern University Law School, USA William R. Montross, Jr., Southern Center for Human Rights, USA Ann Roan, National Criminal Defense College and University of Colorado Law School, USA David A. Singleton, Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University, USA Meghan Shapiro, Northern Virginia Capital Defender Office, USA Robin Steinberg, Columbia Law School, USA Michael E. Tigar, Duke University School of Law, USA Alice Woolley, University of Calgary, Canada

Bibliographic information


"When I was a criminal defense lawyer I was asked 'The Question' so many times I got sick of it. It takes an essay to fully answer, and this book has fifteen brilliant ones. Some of the essays are laugh-out-loud funny, others deeply moving. Read them all and you'll understand why everyone guilty or innocent, you or me is entitled to a good lawyer." - John Grisham, author of The Runaway Jury

"Defense attorneys may find themselves asking where this book has been all their lives . . . If [one of these essays] were to magically end up on every required reading list in the country, America would be the better for it." - The Champion

"How Can You Represent Those People? is a marvel of different and worthwhile insights that make this volume an important one to anyone with the slightest interest in criminal law." - Marc Bookman, Director of the Atlantic Center for Capital Representation