‘Legal Briefs, The Ups and Downs of Life in the Law’

‘Legal Briefs, The Ups and Downs of Life in the Law’

The upcoming book Legal Briefs, The Ups and Downs of Life in the Law is a compilation of stories and profiles about legal cases and negotiations, lawyers, and judges. The following ALI members contributed chapters in the book:

  • Louis R. Cohen of WilmerHale
  • Henry L. Hecht of UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Michael S. Helfer of Citigroup Inc. (Retired)
  • Carol F. Lee of Taconic Capital Advisors
  • Martha L. Minow of Harvard Law School
  • Robert H. Mundheim of Shearman & Sterling
  • Trevor Potter of Campaign Legal Center
  • James L. Quarles III of WilmerHale (Retired)

From the book’s description:

In Legal Briefs: The Ups and Downs of Life in the Law, editor Roger Witten takes us behind the scenes of some of the most fascinating court cases of the last few decades, while introducing us to the sometimes strange, and sometimes comical situations these lawyers have experienced during their long careers.

This collection features twenty lawyers of varying backgrounds and expertise writing with pizzazz, humor, and passion about such significant events as the Watergate break-in; the 9/11 Commission; the Iranian hostage crisis, and more. They write of tackling issues concerning money in politics and Citizens United; same-sex parental custody rights; and the contempt charge against Martin Luther King Jr. And we are also treated to intimate portraits of some unique clients and towering figures in the legal world.

This book will delight all readers, not just those with a specific interest in the law. As Roger Witten writes in the introduction, these stories “reveal the ups and downs of a life in the law by telling stories that are dramatic, moving, and/or amusing Some are tongue-in-cheek. Others are serious but never dull.”

Legal Briefs will be available on April 30.

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