Seven Essential Books for Lawyers

Whether you’re a prospective law student or a seasoned attorney, you’ll want to check out these books, which have heavily impacted the legal profession and are considered must reads for anyone who practices or desires to practice law.   Spinning the Law by Kendall Coffey   The American fascination with high profile legal cases is well known, but what isn’t as well known are the tactics and research that go into actually arguing these cases–particularly given the media’s tendency to “spin,” or create its own story, around the facts. Coffey brings a wealth of knowledge as a savvy legal commentator and practicing lawyer to exploring some well-known cases and the media extravaganzas that surrounded them.   The Rule of Law by Tom Bingham   Bingham’s definition of the much-used term “rule of law” has basically become the authoritative meaning, and it all started with this look into what the phrase really means and how law and politics affect each other. What legal limits, if any, should be imposed on lawmaking bodies? Though short, Bingham’s book has become a must-read in the legal profession.   Letters to a Law Student by Nicholas McBride   In this collection of twenty letters from a law professor to a prospective student, McBride examines the many opportunities in law education and, from there on out, in the legal profession. McBride uses a wealth of diverse imagery to delve into various law school options, how to write essays, what to expect from law professors, how to organize your work, and how to effectively use and remember case details. Glanville Williams: Learning the Law by ATH Smith Smith’s book has been introducing law students to the fundamentals of the English legal system since its publication in 1945. Aside from presenting the basics in a readable, engaging way, Smith challenges readers on difficult topics such as the legality surrounding abortion, euthanasia, and decriminalizing suicide. It’s sure to get you talking! What About Law? by Catherine Barnard et al Barnard and her fellow editors challenge the idea that law is dry and uninteresting by showing just how relevant it can be to our daily lives. Their book provides a great introduction to the legal system, as well as legal reasoning, critical thinking, and methods of putting together a compelling argument. It opens with an interesting example that looks at the legal ramifications of a party thrown by 17-year-old Laura when her parents are out of town. Eve Was Framed by Helena Kennedy This book gives the reader a fascinating look at how law has treated women over the years–in particular, the ways in which the law has let women down, whether they are lawyers, victims, or defendants. It also looks at the probability of a brighter future as more women enter the legal profession and rise to the top. Bleak House by Charles Dickens A work of fiction on a list of law books may seem a bit out of place, but Dickens’s Bleak House provides an excellent look at how one very messy lawsuit can affect absolutely everyone involved in it. Interestingly, the story draws on Dickens’s own experiences as a court reporter for four years at the Old Bailey. It was also made into a fantastic BBC miniseries starring Gillian Anderson, Denis Lawson, and Carey Mulligan. Related posts: FAWL Launches ‘Board Certification Boot Camp’ for Women Lawyers Top Resources from the Florida...

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Top Resources from the Florida Bar

The Florida Bar is a guardian for the integrity of the legal profession; its duties include regulating, disciplining, and educating attorneys in Florida, where it serves as a specialized organization for the state’s legal professionals. The Florida Bar is the third largest bar association in the United States, and offers an abundance of resources for lawyers and paralegals, as well as the public. Members of the Florida Bar have access to articles, ethics opinions, mentorship programs, and more to encourage continual education within the legal field. Read on for some of the most vital resources offered by the Florida Bar:   The Florida Bar Practice Resource Institute The Practice Resource Institute (PRI) was created to assist members dealing with all of the business and technical aspects of establishing, managing, merging or closing a professional practice. The PRI essentially offers resources to assist lawyers with all aspects of opening and maintaining a legal practice, from office technology management to effectively marketing one’s firm through social media, and everything in between.   Lawyers Advising Lawyers Lawyers Advising Lawyers is a part of the Young Lawyers Division of the Florida Bar, and serves as a mentorship resource to new lawyers looking to consult with other attorneys. This service allows inexperienced lawyers to talk with an experienced attorney to learn more about a new area of law or simply what it takes to excel in the legal profession.   The Wm. Reece Smith Jr. Leadership Academy According to the Florida Bar, the Leadership Academy is a multi-session training program designed to assist a diverse and inclusive group of lawyers in becoming better leaders within the legal profession. This resource enhances the leadership skills of all lawyers who partake in the intensive program, no matter what area of law they practice. Learn more about how to apply to this esteemed program here.   Ethics Opinions The Florida Bar’s Ethics department works hard to help its members negotiate the complicated legal system, explains the organization. The Ethics Opinions section is a portion of the Florida Bar website that is dedicated to maintaining integrity among lawyers by granting them access to articles, Ethics Counsel announcements, and insights from legal professionals that pertain to ethics in the legal field. This resource is one of the things that makes the Florida Bar one of the most esteemed legal organizations in the country.   For more resources from the Florida Bar, visit the organization’s member services page. Related posts: FAWL Launches ‘Board Certification Boot Camp’ for Women Lawyers Foreclosure Jurisprudence in Florida with Kendall Coffey Supreme Court Hears Brief About Florida’s Death Penalty 5 Legal Podcasts Worth Tuning In...

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