The New Deal Lawyers ( Peter Irons )

4 April 2015
Reviews work on role of attorneys as advocates & courtroom defenders of social & economic programs of President Franklin Roosevelt.

This report is a review of Peter Irons’ The New Deal Lawyers. The book is a well documented and fascinating account of the influential role played by a relatively small group of young lawyers, graduates mostly of the leading Ivy League law schools, and their mentors in reshaping the institutions of the federal government during the first four years of the New Deal (1933-1937) and in establishing the legal foundations of the modern American regulatory state. Irons’ main focus is on their role as drafters of laws and regulations, as legal enforcers and as advocates for reform during the great battle which ensued to reshape constitutional law to accommodate the political objectives of the New Deal.

An important subtheme is their personal struggles to achieve..

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