Alan S. Rosenthal

The courageous Solicitor Generals and Attorney Generals in Alan Rosenthal’s oral history bring to mind the tribute to Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird where Reverend Sykes tells the lawyer’s daughter: “Jean Louise, stand up. Your father’s passing.” Writer Judy Feign, who took the oral history and writes about it, calls the lawyers “titanic.” From Attorney General Herbert Brownell ignoring President Dwight Eisenhower’s suggestion to go slow on school integration to Solicitor General Erwin Griswold refusing to follow orders from President Richard Nixon’s White House that he believed unethical, you see high-level government lawyers operating in the finest traditions of the profession.