Monday, November 28, 2016

El consejo del Justice Felix Frankfurter a un futuro estudiante de Derecho



En mayo de 1954, Paul Claussen, un muchacho de doce años, escribió a uno de los más renombrados Justices norteamericanos, "l'inspirateur du tribunal de Núremberg", el juez Felix Frankfurter, pidiéndole consejo sobre cómo adelantar y mejor prepararse en un futuro estudio del Derecho.
El juez le respondió: “May dear Paul, No less important for a lawyer is the cultivation of the imaginative faculties by reading poetry, seeing great paintings, in the original or in easily availabe reproductions, and listening to great music. Stock your mind with the deposit of much good reading, and widen and deepen your feelings by experiencing vicaurosly as much posible the wonderful mysteries of the universe, and forget all about your future career.
Que, por tanto, de momento, se olvidase de estudiar libros jurídicos; el mejor camino para preparar el ingreso en una Escuela de Leyes consistía más bien en escuchar la mejor música, contemplar las obras maestras de la pintura y, sobre todo, hacer de su mente un depósito de la buena literatura.
 
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My dear Paul,
No one can be a truly competent lawyer unless he is a cultivated man. If I were you, I would forget about any technical preparation for the law. The best way to prepare for the law is to come to the study of law as a well-read person. Thus alone can one acquire the capacity to use the English language on paper and in speech and with the habits of clear thinking which only a truly liberal education can give. No less important for a lawyer is the cultivation of the imaginative faculties by reading poetry, seeing great paintings ... and listening to great music. Stock your mind with the deposit of much good reading, and widen and deepen your feelings by experiencing vicariously as much as possible the wonderful mysteries of the universe, and forget all about your future career.
With good wishes,
Sincerely yours

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Véase Of Law and Men: Pappers and Addresses of Felix Frankfurter, 1939-1956, Elman, Philip  (ed.),  New York: Harcourt: Brace and Company, 1956, p. 103, o “Felix Frankfurter” (Felix Frankfurter: “Advice to a Young Man Interested in Going into Law”, en The World of Law: The Law as Literature, London, Ephraim (ed.), New York: Simon and Schuster, 1960, p. 725.

 

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