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Book details
  • Genre:LAW
  • SubGenre:Trial Practice
  • Language:English
  • Pages:218
  • Format:Paperback
  • Paperback ISBN:9781543950625

The Art of Conflict

Tales from the Courtroom

by Michael A. Kahn and Alan C. Kohn View author's profile page

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Overview
For fans of legal thrillers, this book offers a unique and compelling mixture of fiction and reality--ranging from loony judges to sleazy trial lawyers to courtroom clerks with magical powers.The Art of Conflict pairs each of five previously published articles on practical lawyering advice by an esteemed trial attorney with a fictional short story by an award-winning author-attorney on the same theme as that article. The essays, on topics such as cross-examination, provide keen insight into the practical side of the law. The short stories add genuine drama and some humor to the difficult practical lawyering issues all attorneys must fact.
Description
The Art of Conflict pairs each of five previously published articles on practical lawyering advice by an esteemed trial attorney with a fictional short story by an award-winning author-attorney on the same theme as that article. The essays, on topics such as cross-examination, provide keen insight into the practical side of the law. The short stories add genuine drama and some humor to the difficult practical lawyering issues all attorneys must fact. What exactly are the magical powers of the courtroom clerks--especially as compared to the black-robed figure wielding the gavel. Is the term "ethical trial lawyer" an oxymoron? When it comes to a winning courtroom strategy, is there more than one way to skin that cat? And what about that dreaded term "judicial activism"? What happens in the courtroom when judicial activism spring to life? For fans of legal thrillers, this book offers a unique and compelling mixture of fiction and reality.
About the author
A trial lawyer by day and a writer by night, Michael Kahn is the award-winning author of ten Rachel Gold novels (including his latest, The Dead Hand); the stand-alone novel The Sirena Quest, another stand-alone novel The Mourning Sexton (under the pen name Michael Baron); and several short stories. Kirkus Reviews had this to say about his latest novel, Played!: "the spectacle of these ornaments of the Missouri bar attacking, undermining, and double-crossing each other provides brisk, sprightly entertainment, and the hapless defendant's baseball background comes into play just when it's most needed." A former elementary school teacher in the Chicago Public Schools, Mike wrote his first novel, Grave Designs, on a challenge from his wife Margi, who got tired of listening to the same answer whenever she asked him about a book he was reading. "Not bad," he would say, "but I could write a better book than that." "Then write one," she finally said, "or please shut up. I don't want to hear you fifty years from now telling your great-grandkids that you could have written a book." So he shut up—no easy task for a trial attorney—but eventually he wrote Grave Designs. Back then, that mystery novel was just that. A novel. And then his agent called to tell him that she had an offer from a publisher for the next two books in the series. "What series?" Mike asked. "A mystery series," she said. "Rachel Gold, Benny, Rachel's mom. You can't just walk away from those characters. We need to see more of them." In addition to his day job, where he represents individuals and companies in the fields of creative arts and media law, Mike is an adjunct professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis, where he teaches a class on censorship and free expression.
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