The Mother Court

The Mother Court

A fascinating and at times humorous insight into the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, the Nation’s oldest and greatest federal court. Known to lawyers as the “Mother Court,” it set the gold standard for American trial courts. The book tells of the iconic judges, and colorful lawyers, who addressed the profound and varied issues of the mid twentieth century (internal security, organized crime, obscenity, official corruption, white-collar fraud, press freedoms and terrorism), and disposed of some of the high-profile cases—such as Hiss, Rosenberg, Roy Cohn, General Westmoreland and CBS, Sharon and Time magazine, Barry Goldwater and Ralph Ginzburg, Joyce’s Ulysses, and Giuliani’s effort in 1999 to close down the Brooklyn Museum—that arose during a period of tremendous transformation in American society.  full synopsis »

“A round of applause for James Zirin’s [The] Mother Court, a story engagingly, articulately and above all lovingly told. […] Through Mr. Zirin’s eyes we do indeed come to appreciate the lasting contribution of our day-to-day Southern District encounters to the quality of our lives and fabric of our society.”

–Judith Kaye, Former Chief Judge, New York State Court of Appeals

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