View Gallery


The People’s Advocate

The Life and Legal History of America's Most Fearless Public Interest Lawyer

List Price: $16.95

August 20, 2013 | Ebook | 615 pages | ISBN 9781619021723
Order Now From

The Constitutional attorney’s memoir offers “fascinating and horrifying” accounts of over a dozen historic legal cases—from Watergate to Iran/Contra (Foresight).

In this captivating memoir, attorney Daniel Sheehan recounts his path to becoming a public defense lawyer and takes you behind the scenes of more than a dozen historically significant American legal cases, all of which he litigated.

The remarkable cases covered in this book include:

• The Pentagon Papers Case
• The Watergate Burglary Case
• The Karen Silkwood Case, which revealed that the C.I.A.’s Israeli Desk had been smuggling 98% bomb-grade plutonium to the State of Israel and to Iran.
• The American Sanctuary Movement Case, establishing the right of American church workers to aid Central American political refugees fleeing Guatemalan and Salvadorian “death squads.”
• The Iran/Contra Federal Civil Racketeering Case against the Reagan/Bush Administration, which Sheehan investigated, initiated, filed, and then litigated.

The People’s Advocate is the “real story” of these and many other historic American cases, told from the unique point of view of a central lawyer.

“[Sheehan’s] memories are both fascinating and horrifying. Fascinating because Sheehan places you directly inside the halls of power, and horrifying for the same reason . . . This memoir takes us directly inside Sheehan’s fearless mind.” —Foresight

“Sheehan’s recounting of his battles against wrong-doing, both in the courtroom and behind-the-scenes, is never less than enthralling to read.” —Daniel Ellsberg, Pentagon Papers leaker and founding member of Freedom of the Press Foundation

About Daniel Sheehan

Daniel Sheehan's 40-year legal career is distinguished by his aggressive and successful work as a federal civil rights attorney. He graduated from Harvard Law School, where he founded the Harvard Civil Rights Law Review and later returned to obtain his PhD from the Harvard Divinity School. He was the Executive Director of the Christic Institute, as well as the Executive Director of Mikhail Gorbachev's STATE OF THE WORLD FORUM. He is still active and currently lives in Santa Cruz, CA.


'"Fearless' is a word that not too many people can appreciate until they are faced with a situation that calls for an actual fearless act. And Daniel Sheehan, with the resources of government history's most fearless lawyers.

He was fearless from the beginning, when he first learned what the word "political" really meant. At age seventeen, he clashed with Senator Jacob Javitz over an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy. Instead, it went to the son of a major campaign contributor. This teenager would grow up to become a lawyer on some of the most-politically hot cases in a generation: The Pentagon Papers, Watergate, Iran/Contra, among many others.

His memories are both fascinating and horrifying. Fascinating because Sheehan places you directly inside the halls of power, and horrifying for the same reason. "Look, Danny," one House investigator tells Sheehan, "if anyone is so ignorant that he doesn't know that the Central Intelligence Agency has been smuggling heroin from Southeast Asia through Cuba into the United States for decades to secretly finance first the Nationalist Chinese and later their covert operations in Southeast Asia, then that person is too ignorant to function effectively in Washington, D.C." At the same time, Sheehan is told, "Don't make the foolish mistake of trying to tell the American people about the secret history of the United States."

Sheehan resolved to do "everything I could to change that operating principle in Washington."

Beginning with The Pentagon Papers--a case that echoes into today's news over the people's right to know what the government is doing--Sheehan has fulfilled that promise to himself. This memoir takes us directly inside Sheehan's fearless mind." - Foresight

Related Products