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Raised in a family that treasured intellectual and artistic accomplishment, Shelly became a young Asst US Atty with a great career to look forward to. When he refused to cover up official wrongdoing at the highest levels of government, he was driven from the fraternity of the privileged and began a new career taking on the powerful on behalf of the little guy with a righteous cause. Not one to retire, he still maintains an active professional life while pursuing his favorite avocation, writing, and his favorite recreation, driving his F-150 Lightning.
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  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461102545
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461102540
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,591,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have fought the government since 1974 and detailed how they were taking our Freedom away. My new book "Rebel In The Courtroom" provides the stories. Worth a read if any of you have finally understood that the government is trying to make us slaves.

POB 309, SOUTH HAVEN, MI 49090-0309
(269) 207-6219
EDUCATION: University of Illinois, B.A. (1963); DePaul University College of Law, J.D. (1965). SCHOLASTIC HONOR: Member, Blue Key National Honor Fraternity. ACADEMIC HONOR: Case note Editor, DePaul Law Review. Post-College: Advanced Diplomat, Court Practice Institute of Chicago.
BAR ADMISSIONS: U.S. Supreme Court (1976), U.S. Court of Appeals--6th, 7th, 9th and 10th Circuits, Trial Bar-U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Supreme Courts of Illinois (1965) and Michigan (1985).
SPECIALIZED BACKGROUND: Former Trustee in Bankruptcy, Federal Defender (Chicago and Grand Rapids) Executive Club of Chicago Reception Committee, Appearance before Senator Montoya's Special Hearings Committee on IRS Abuses, 1978, House Ways and Means Committee Appearance on New Tax Proposals, 1978, Staff Meeting, Joint Committee on Taxation-regarding Section 530 of the Revenue Act of 1978, "Q" Clearance-Atomic Energy Commission, Confidential Clearance Federal Bureau of Investigation, Marquis', Who's Who in American Law and Who's Who in the World, Former Member Michigan Assigned Appellate Counsel, Civil Mediator (Van Buren, Kalamazoo & Berrien Counties). Former Member, Mediation Committee Kalamazoo Bar Association, Former DePaul University Alumni Association, Founder, Freedom Lawyers of America. Speaker: American College of Trial Lawyers (1997), Seminar Speaker, Independent Contractor Issue, Freedom Lawyers of America Blog Manager and contributor.
SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Collection of documents archived in the Laird Wilcox Collection of Contemporary Political Movements of the Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas.
PAST EMPLOYMENT: Sole Practitioner (1974-2012), (1971-1974), Assistant U.S. Attorney (Chicago), Staff Attorney, Argonne IL, National Laboratory (1968-1971), (1967- 1968) Supervisory Attorney, Montrose Legal Aid Bureau (Chicago), (1965-1967) Attorney, Mandel Legal Aid Clinic of the University of Chicago Law School.
PUBLICATIONS: Comment, 12 DePaul Law Review 263, Attorney-Client Privilege: Does It Apply To Corporations, Case note, 12 DePaul Law Review 351 (1963): "Real Property--Business Compulsion, Exaction of Overpayment", Book Review, Julian Jaynes, "The Origins of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind", Vol. 434 Annals, American Academy of Political and Social Science, p. 239 (Nov. 1977), Co-authored Articles Trial Magazine, ATLA (Spring, 1979) also appearing in Barrister and Law Notes of the American Bar Association, Lincoln Award, Illinois State Bar Association writing contest: November, 1977 Illinois Bar Journal. "Conflict in Illinois Courts on Choice of Law Theory--Is It Lex Loci Delictus or Substantial Interest", Articles in The Decalogue Journal, Vol. 24, No. 2 at p. 8 (Fall/Winter, 1976-77)--"State Liability for Commission of Federal Civil Rights Violations By Its Employees" and Vol. 26 (Winter-Spring at p. 16 (Winter/Spring 1979-80)--"Tax Complexity v. Simplicity", Memoir, "In the Teeth of the Wind--A Study of Power and How to Fight It" (2002), "The New Z Letter" (1980-81); Books: "All Anybody Needs to Know About Independent Contracting"; Co-Author of the Trilogy: "The Case Adventures of Sam Cohen, J.D"--"The Black Messiah Murders"; "Piranhas on the Loose"; "The Josephus Enigma"; "Rebel In The Courtroom"; "Independent Contractor: Why and How", Screenplay: "The Raid".
NOTEWORTHY REPORTED CASES: Marchlik v. Coronet Insurance Co., 239 N.E. 2d 299 (Illinois Supreme Court, 1968); Vitale v. INS, 463 F.2d 579 (7th Cir. 1972); Ramirez v. Weinberger, 365 F. Supp 105 (3 judge, N.D. IL. 1973), aff'd. Per Curiam, 415 U.S. 970; U.S. v. Lomar Discount, Ltd., 61 F.R.D.aff'd. 498 F.2d 1404 (7th Cir. 1974); U.S. v. Dema, 544 F.2d 1373 (7th Cir., 1976); Board of Election Commissioners of Chicago v. Libertarian Party of Illinois, 591 F. 2d 22, Swygert dissenting (7th Cir. 1978); U.S. ex. Rel. Stewart v. Scott, 501 F.Supp.53 (N.D.IL., 1980); Powe v. City of Chicago and County of Cook, 664 F.2d 639 (7th Cir.1982); Dema v. Feddor, 470 F. Supp. 152 (N.D. IL, 1979, aff'd. 661 F.2d 936); Tabcor Sales Clearing, Inc. v. Dept. of Treasury, 471 F. Supp. 436 (N.D. IL, 1979;Tabcor Sales Clearing, Inc. v. U.S., 723 F. 2d 26 (7th Cir. 1983); Illinois v. Gorman, 421 N.E.2d 228 and 444 N.E.2d 776 (1st District IL App. Ct., 1982 and 1983); In Re. G.J. Witnesses, Salas and Waxman, 695 F.2d 359 (9th Cir. 1982); U.S. v. Verkuilen, 690 F. 2d 648 (7th Cir. 1982); U.S. v. Stout, 601 F.2d 325 (7th Cir.1979); Appeal of Shelly Waxman, 661 F. 2d 937 (7th Cir. 1982); Tabcor Sales Clearing, Inc. v. U.S, 728 F.2d 26 (7th Cir 1983); Lipsey v. Chicago Cook County Criminal Justice Commission, 629 F.Supp.955 (N.D. IL, 1986) 935 (N.D. IL, 1986); Lipsey v. IL Human Rights Commission, 510 N.E. 2d 1226 (1st Dist. IL Appellate Court, 1987); Chief Trial Attorney, Michigan v. Fisher, 483 N.W. 2d 452 (MI Appellate Court, 1992); U.S. v. Irwin Schiff, Unpublished, Docket #06-10199, (9th Cir. 2007).
ACTIVITIES: Past Vice-President, South Haven Center for the Arts, Libertarian Candidate for Illinois Attorney General (1978), Member Downer's Grove Architectural Commission, JAA Sponsor, Soccer Coach, Referee and Announcer, Marathon Runner, Instructor--Introduction to Political Science--Grand Valley State University, Instructor for the Paralegal Institute, Shotgun Trap Shooting, Member South Haven Gun Club.
HISTORY OF PRACTICE: I have been engaged in the sole practice of law, along with associates throughout the United States. We have a boutique practice. Our emphasis has been on Major and Complex civil and criminal, state and federal litigation, Federal Tax and Constitutional and Libertarian litigation.
AVAILABLE FOR LECTURES AND GUEST APPEARANCES: The Process of the Law, Stages of Revolution, Independent Contracting, Writing Mystery Books, Screenplays, and Book Reviews. I have appeared on over 100 Talk Radio and TV Shows.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Ledbetter on February 17, 2014
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This is a remarkable book, but not because it is tightly written and well organized. It is not those things. It's personal and opinionated. There's some extraneous name-dropping. It could certainly use an editor's eye to catch those little things that authors miss when reading their own stuff. It meanders.

But in the midst of the meandering you stumble on bright pearls of philosophy and economics. And you get an insiders perspective - a rebel insider's perspective - on the realities of the legal system and its tight relationship with crony capitalism. You get some advice on how court cases are really won and lost.

That's all nice, but that's not what makes the book so remarkable. What's remarkable is the story itself.

Waxman went into the legal profession as a young, naive, hard-charging idealist prone to fits of self-righteous anger (like I said, the book is personal. You learn a lot about the writer!). And he does so at just the right time and place - Chicago in the late 1960s - so that he would unwittingly be brought into a number of high profile cases with political implications. These would open his eyes to the inner workings of "the Man," that intricate web of power holders in local, state, and federal government, in the police, and in the courts.

At the beginning of his career, Waxman was appointed lawyer to defend the spy sent by the FBI to infiltrate Chicago's office of the Black Panther Party, an infiltration that resulted in the murder of rising Panther leader Fred Hampton. The fascist shenanigans of (to coin a phrase) the governmental-judicial complex that Waxman experienced firsthand in this and subsequent Chicago trials are, I think we can safely assume, not taught in law school. And much of it has not been revealed in print.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dana mcgee on December 13, 2013
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I have lived in Chicago, all mly life, except for my farm in Michigan, married to an attorney, with a family full of attorneys, I am used to the system. Sheldon, is the unique person, I;m not saying everything he does makes sense, but he is the unique attorney who had a conscience and cared about people, he genuinely wanted to help him, his bottom line was not the dollar he would make, but more like a crusader in a crooked city would be the way I would label him dana mcgee

I am including my review and I have read Sheldon Waxman's book, grown up in Holland,Mi. my small town experience with attorneys is very different than the big Chicago attorneys, where everyone specializes, here the attorneys have a small specialty, real estate, criminal mainly DUI's and assualt and battery, his book was agenuine eye open opener for the city of Chicago and one attorneys battle to challenge the system, interesting reading thank you Denise Hosta, Holland, Mi
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 20, 2014
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Everything in Mr Waxmans book is accurate, chicago is the most corrupt city in the country, They call it the "machine" this means everybody in the state is corrupt. Very good book everybody in chicago should read it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Manning on September 18, 2011
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Waxman provides real life insights into the practice of law. Its ups, downs, frustrations and triumphs. a good read. I strongly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ronald J. Clark on February 23, 2014
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A good read, particularly if you have been involved in the Chicago legal scene over the last 40 years or so.
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