On Tuesday, October 4th the BBA's Senior Lawyers Section will host The Ethics of John Adams, where an Adams expert will discuss the ethical issues that confronted Adams when he represented the "Massacre" defendants. This case is one of the most famous in our nation's history, and got BBA Week wondering:

"If you could try any case in history, what would it be?"

If you would like to respond to a future Voices of the Bar, make sure you send a headshot, and contact Eric Fullerton at efullerton@bostonbar.org.


 

Bill Tsingos - VP and General Counsel, Plymouth Rock Assurance "If I could step into the shoes of any one lawyer from any case in history it would be those of Robert H. Jackson, chief counsel for the United States at the Nuremberg war trials.  We often define justice and effective lawyering in terms of preventing an innocent person from being wrongly convicted.  Think To Kill a Mockingbird.  Nuremberg and Jackson’s example present a different aspect of the lawyer’s calling—to see the truth prevail and justice done in the face of all crime, most especially crimes against innocent humanity." 

Angelica Vargas – Disability Law Center
"If I could go back in time and try any case in history, I think I would go to 1872 and defend Susan B. Anthony in her trial on the charge of illegal voting.  The only problem I guess would be that I might get arrested myself for trying to practice law while being a woman!"

Christina Serrano - Wayne, Richard & Hurwitz LLP
"I would love to have been part of the Miranda v. Arizona decision.  The Miranda rights resulting from the case convey essential rights in just a few sentences.  Over the years, Miranda rights have become a deeply engrained element of our county’s criminal justice system, with most Americans being able to quote them without thought (though we’ll thank Hollywood for that).  And yet even with its history, and considering the length of the opinion itself, the legal basis, interpretation, and application of Miranda remain controversial topics.  It would be an exciting challenge to draft an opinion just as strong as Miranda, but with less loopholes and controversy." 
  

Donald Tye – Prince Lobel Tye
"As a result of the inequities in the Leo Frank Trial (1913), and his lynching, the new Ku Klux Klan was founded to promote their agenda of racial and religious hatred, and members of Atlanta's outraged Jewish community created the Anti-Defamation League to combat anti-Semitism. One of my dreams is to have replaced Luther Rosser as lawyer for the defense."

"The discovery of the body of a thirteen-year-old girl in the basement of an Atlanta pencil factory where she had gone to collect her pay check shocked the citizens of crime-ravaged Atlanta and roused its public officials to find a suspect and secure a conviction.  Unfortunately, events and the South's anti-Semitism conspired to lead to the conviction of the wrong man, the factory superintendent, Leo Frank.  The case ultimately drew the attention of the United States Supreme Court and the Governor of Georgia, but neither the Constitution nor a Governor's commutation could spare Leo Frank a violent death at the end of rope strung from a Georgia oak tree."