Jack B. Weinstein ’48
Judge Jack B. Weinstein ’48 of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York has served the federal court system with distinction and honor for more than 40 years
Who has been your greatest inspiration?
Among many, in combination: the Columbia Law School faculty; Judge Stanley H. Fuld ’26, for pellucidity; Judge Gene Nickerson ’43 and United States Senator Robert Kennedy for legislation as a powerful tool for good; Corporation Counsel Bernie Richland for compassion; Ken Feinberg for fun; and Thurgood Marshall for the tenacity and skill to turn a dream of justice and equal opportunity for all into reality.
How do you define success?
Loving people who love you, and doing less harm than good.
Why did you go to law school?
After World War II, I did not want to be a physician, it was too late in life to become a physicist or mathematician, economics was somewhat of a bore, and I did not want to make much money. The law promised intellectual challenge, the opportunity to use all my experience and interests, and the chance to help make the world better.
Who is your favorite lawyer of all time?
Each day, the one before me who is skilled and succinct.
Finish this sentence: You wouldn’t catch me dead without . . .
Roget’s International Thesaurus, Third Edition, 1962.
Thing for which you are most thankful?
Good genes and health.