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Leftist Lawyer Victor Rabinowitz Dies

Posted Nov 20, 2007 10:27 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Leftist lawyer Victor Rabinowitz has died at the age of 96.

Rabinowitz was one of the founding members of the National Lawyers Guild and served as its president in 1967, the New York Times reports. Among his clients were labor unions, civil rights figures, Cuba and Chile.

Rabinowitz’s law firm represented 225 people subpoenaed to testify before Congress on suspicion of being Communists, including labor leaders and Dashiell Hammett, author of The Thin Man. He and his onetime law partner, Leonard Boudin, represented Alger Hiss and won Cuba’s legal business in a poolside chess game with Che Guevara, their law partner Michael Krinsky told the Times.

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