My Legal Life: Murray H. Shusterman

September 1, 2014 – In The News
The Law Society Gazette

Murray H. Shusterman was profiled in The Law Society Gazette article, “My Legal Life: Murray H. Shusterman.” Full text can be found in the September 1, 2014, issue, but a synopsis is below.

The culture of the people among whom my parents travelled dictated that sons had to pursue a profession, either medicine or law. A lawyer was a Jewish boy who couldn’t stand the sight of blood – otherwise he would have been a doctor, the more respected profession. I was the youngest of four children and I learned to become effective by arguing for my “rights.” Both in high school and in college I was on the debating teams. Incidentally, I must confess that even as a young man I couldn’t stand the sight of blood.

I graduated from Temple University Law School in 1936 – at the height of the Depression. At that time one had to serve as an intern in a lawyer’s office for six months before one could be sworn in as a practicing lawyer. Although I graduated with honors, I found it impossible to find a paying job, and through a relative I got an internship with a lawyer for six months – at no pay. My employer had a limited practice and I learned mostly by filing documents in court and serving as a “gofer” buying cigars, cigarettes and lunch for my “boss.”

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