13 Affiliate 1 (1987-1988)

handle is hein.journals/aff13 and id is 1 raw text is: Prominent Criminal Defense Attorneys
Give Advice to Young Lawyers
James Neal and Howard
Weitzman are nationally
recognized for their
work in the area of
criminal defense. In recent
interviews for The Affiliate,
both of these eminent trial
lawyers offered advice to
young lawyers on the career
importance of public service
and participation in bar
association activit3les.
Howard Weitzman

Ja res Neal practices with the Nashr'ille, Tennessee, firm
of Aeal & Harwell. He received an LL.B.from Vanderbilt
U'in iversity School QfLa iw and a n LL.M. from Georgetown
Unirersity Law School. Mr. Neal is a Fellow ofthe Amer-
iean and Tennessee Bar Foundations and is a member
o1 the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the
America n College of Trial La wyers.
He has acted both as proseutor and as defense attor
ney, and he has served as a Special Assistant to the At-
torney General of the United States, U.S. District
Attorney, and h hif Trial Counsel for the W atergate Spe-
cial Prosecution Force. One of Mr. Neal's more recent
iblicized cases included the delense anl acquittal of
n Landis,for charges brought in connection with the
dt-ng qf the morie The Twilight Zone. He has also de-
;ed Ford Motor Company jbr criminal charges
-ight in connection with the Pinto death cases, and
,.,represented Goernor Ed win Edwards of Louisiana.
your many public service contributions, which have
en the most rewarding to you personally?
Certainly being Chief Trial Counsel in the Watergate
-osecution has been the most rewarding to me person-
,lly. It was an opportunity to affirm that the law applies
and can be applied to the highest officials in the land if
they abuse their powers and in the course of that abuse
violate the criminal laws. It was rewarding in the sense
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Since his admission to the bar in 1967, Howard lVeitz-
man has been invoived in numerous bar associations
and has held many bar positions including president of
the Criminal Courts Bar Association of Los Angeles
County. As a member of the Los Angeles County Bar As-
sociation he served on the Barristers Committee; was
chairman of the Federal lndigents Defense Panel; and
served as a member of the Judiciary Committee, Judi-
cial Evaluation Committee, and Criminal Lawi Section
Committee. He has lectured extensively and is the only
lawyer to have received on two occasions the Jerry Gies-
ler Memorial Award for outstanding criminal trial uork
in Los Angeles County.
'ome of Mr. lleitzman's more notable cases in-
clude: the defense of Mary Brunner, the only Manson
fiamily woman who was charged with murder, but not
conrvicted; the defense oi Cathy Smith in the John Beln-
shi homicide; and the defense and acquittal of John Z.
In your opinion, what needs in the criminal justice
area provide the most important public service oppor-
tunities for lawyers?
The representation of indigent defendants, which pro-
vides the public with adequate and competent represen-
tation in most instances, and also allows less experienced
lawyers to develop their skills which ultimately better
serves the public.
(continued on page 3)

mmes Neal

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