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This profile was last updated on 1/19/06  and contains information from public web pages.

Mr. Frederick G. Fisher Jr.

Wrong Frederick G. Fisher Jr.?


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Massachusetts Bar Association
20 West Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02111
United States

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  • Bowdoin College
  • Harvard Law School
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AIM Report: Looney Clooney Smears Senator McCarthy - January A - Accuracy In Media, 19 Jan 2006 [cached]
The movie focuses on the scene showing Welch sobbing and urging that McCarthy not "assassinate this lad [Fisher] further."
What Clooney's movie leaves out is that Welch himself had outed Fisher six weeks earlier.
"In the New York Times there was a big picture of Fred Fisher [with Welch saying] he had relieved him of the [Army/McCarthy] investigations because he [admitted] he had been a member of the National Lawyers Guild when Welch confronted him."
Fred Fisher became a partner in a prestigious Boston law firm and president of the Massachusetts Bar Association.
On the day McCarthy died-May 2, 1957- radio commentator Fulton Lewis, Jr. declared he had "never seen such a shocking exhibition of distorted reporting and reportorial untruth as I witnessed throughout the coverage of the Army-McCarthy hearings."
McCarthy's transgression, we are supposed ..., 22 Feb 2013 [cached]
McCarthy's transgression, we are supposed to believe, was outing Welch's young legal associate, Frederick G. Fisher Jr., as a former member of the National Lawyers Guild, a notorious communist front group.
The truth is quite different. Six weeks earlier, Welch himself was quoted in The New York Times, confirming that Fisher had belonged to the communist front and that, as a result, Welch himself had "relieved (Fisher) from duty.
Conference on Consumer Finance Law > Fisher Program, 24 Sept 2014 [cached]
Frederick Fisher
Frederick Fisher gained international fame as a young associate at Hale & Dorr L.L.P in Boston when his name was unjustly besmirched by Senator Joe McCarthy in the first nationally televised hearings by a congressional committee.
It was this attack that triggered the famous "Have you no shame, sir" speech in defense of Fred by Hale and Dorr partner, Joe Welch, who was representing the United States Army in the hearings.
Fisher spent his entire professional career at Hale & Dorr where one of early mentors was his senior partner, Reginald Heber Smith, the father of Legal Aid.
Fred was a member and officer of the Governing Committee of the Conference for many years and was Chairman of the Conference at the time of his sudden death in the late 1980s. His warm and colorful personality made him much loved by the members of the Governing Committee.
The sound bite that chewed up the McCarthy era :: The Daily Herald, Provo Utah, 17 June 2004 [cached]
The afternoon of June 9 brought the emotional climax of the hearings, the famous exchange between Welch and McCarthy over the alleged subversive background of Fred Fisher, a young lawyer at Hale and Dorr, Welch's Boston firm.
Ignoring a pre-hearing agreement not to broach the matter, McCarthy suggested that Fisher harbored communist sympathies because of his past membership in an alleged communist front group, the National Lawyers Guild.
When McCarthy kept after Fisher, Welch struggled to control his simmering fury.
Indeed, a lawyer as crafty as Welch might have anticipated McCarthy's misstep in attacking Fisher, prepared a lethal reply and then waited to spring the trap.
Chief Compliance Officer | FCPA Compliance and Ethics Blog, 1 June 2014 [cached]
In response to McCarthy's charge, that Frederick G. Fisher a young associate in Welch's law firm had been a long-time member of an organization that was a "legal arm of the Communist Party," Welch responded, "Until this moment, Senator, I think I never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness.
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