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The New York Times Highlights Prof. Monroe Freedman’s 1992 Critique of Atticus Finch

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With Harper Lee’s newly published Go Set a Watchman stirring up a re-evaluation of Atticus Finch, Professor Monroe H. Freedman (who passed away in February) again is making news for his contrarian perspective on the iconic hero.

In 1992, Professor Freedman published a controversial article as his monthly legal ethics column for Legal Times magazine in which he contended that Atticus Finch was not the role model for other lawyers to follow. (The column evoked such a strong reaction that The New York Times ran a story about the column and the ensuing response.)

In many ways, Professor Freedman’s analysis of Finch is true to Lee’s vision in her new book. In The New York Times review of Go Set a Watchman, to appear in print on Sunday, July 19, 2015, author Randall Kennedy of Harvard Law School begins his piece by referring to Professor Freedman’s critique.

Professor Freedman’s legacy of challenging us to question the status quo and think more deeply about ethical issues continues to impact our world.

Read a follow-up article by Professor Freedman on this issue.

Read more about Professor Freedman’s life and legacy.

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