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Record: Legal Oral History Project: Howard Lesnick, Jan. 31, 2000.


Legal Oral History Project: Howard Lesnick, Jan. 31, 2000.

Video Call Number: Location:
1439 Biddle Law Library
Year: Running Time: Format:
2000 VHS


Howard Lesnick has taught law for 46 years including at the University of Pennsylvania. A former law clerk to Justice John M. Harlan of the Supreme Court of the United States, he specialized initially in the law of the work relation: labor law, employment discrimination, and welfare law, writing extensively on labor-management issues. He has served since 1978 as Impartial Umpire under the AFL-CIO Internal Disputes Plan. A founder and past President of the Society of American Law Teachers – a group of law teachers committed to the public responsibilities of the Bar and the law schools – he has participated in litigation, training, and consultative work related to the legal problems of poor people, during the last decade focusing especially on the rights of refugees, and has worked, with others, to develop methods by which law students, teachers, and practitioners can make their work in law more fully integrated with their aspirations and values, and with the motivations that drew them to legal careers. His current teaching interests are religion, law, and lawyering; legal responses to inequality; and professional responsibility. In recent years, he has published books and articles on ethical responsibility in law practice, religion and morality, and moral education.


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