Judgment and Mercy, by Martin J. Siegel

Judgment and Mercy, by Martin J. Siegel

November 6, 2023
7:00 PM

Purchase Tickets

Admission: $18 | Books: $35.99 + tax

The Lessans Family Literary series is thrilled to welcome Martin J. Siegel, author of In Judgment and Mercy, to our Book Festival for our final night of the Lessans Family Literary Series Book Festival.


70 years ago, Judge Irving Kaufman presided over the atomic espionage trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and sentenced them to death. Meant to propel him to “the Jewish seat” on the Supreme Court, the case haunted him to the end. Judgment and Mercy brings to life the complexities of this man and reveals the intramural Jewish battles over assimilation, class, and patriotism.


Martin J. Siegel clerked for Judge Kaufman on the Second Circuit after graduating from Harvard Law School. He then served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York and a staffer on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. He now practices law in Houston and teaches American Legal History at the University of Houston Law Center, where he also directs the Appellate Civil Rights Clinic.

Siegel’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Houston Chronicle, and various legal journals and law reviews.

*Book will be available for purchase and the author will be signing after the event.