Book Reviews

    • Fast Forward: What Will You Be Doing in 2020?

      Over the years I have been blessed to work with some great law firms and great lawyers. For several years I coached lawyers at McCarthy Tétrault. When I started coaching the McCarthy lawyers, I introduced them to Seth Godin’s blog and his thoughts on creating a purple cow. In 2013, after I had read Adam Grant’s book Give and Take, I encouraged the McCarthy lawyers I coached to ...

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    • Recommended Reading: Quiet: The Power of Introverts

      A group of lawyers I have coached are reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain. Today, at 3:00 PM EST, the group will share their ideas from chapter 3 of the book with the others and me. What do they get from this sharing of ideas on each chapter every two weeks? Each person gets ideas he or she did not see in the chapter. I get 5 different and unique ideas.

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  • Rightful Owner by Hemmie Martin

    … should ever be bagged in plastic. Paper bags allow for proper air drying of the victim’s hands to preserve DNA or other fluids left in the creases of the skin, underneath the finger nails, and between rings/bracelets and the victim’s skin. An interesting but out of the blue twist concerns Scarlet and her choice of lifestyle. There were no previous…

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  • Ask the author: Chief Judge Katzmann on statutory interpretation

    … the legislative branch thinks is important in understanding its statutes. Statutory interpretation thus became the subject of my Madison Lecture at New York University School of Law. At the suggestion of Adam Liptak of The New York Times, I expanded the lecture into a book, the resulting Judging Statutes. Question: What do you want the reader…

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  • The Brand Called You: Building and Broadcasting Your Brand

    … Do you have a brand? When clients think of you, what comes first to their minds? One of the books I most frequently recommend is Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi. When it first came out several years ago I both listened to the book and read a hard copy. Most law firms are focused on building their brand, but only a few lawyers are focused…

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  • Recommended Reading: How Will You Measure Your Life

    … the floors of Domino’s Pizza or serving ice-cream at Dairy Queen. Self-esteem comes from achieving something important when it’s hard to do. Don’t solve all of your kid’s problems. If she tells you at the 11th hour that she didn’t complete her science fair project, don’t stay up all night to do it for her. That teaches her that life can be about…

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  • Recommended Reading: Are you reading about the great ones?

    … Are you reading about the great lawyers who practiced law before you? I was inspired to become a lawyer and I was inspired to become a better lawyer when I read about the great lawyers from the past and present? I am not sure young lawyers are doing it today. So, I wanted to recommend some books for you. The Story Of My LifeClarence Darrow’s…

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  • Blood of the Rose by Kevin Murray

    … will be pleased to hear that I found a book that surprised me because I got it wrong! Kevin Murray, the author of Blood of the Rose, is a master story-teller. Without giving away the plot or the characters, he described the actions in such a way that they applied to a few people in the story. And I had my money in the wrong basket. That is just awesome…

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  • Client Development: Use Mass Customization

    … to that description of an innovator. After hearing Mr. Gibbons speak, I had to buy his books, including: “If you want to make God really laugh, show him your business plan: The 101 Universal Laws of Business.” I laughed and I think God would also. I also found that Mr. Gibbons universal laws apply to law firms and lawyers. Over the last few years many…

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  • Jack Absolute

    … popping back up in the story. We learn that Jack Absolute is both a character in a play and a real officer. Jack Absolute used to be a Captain of the 16th Light Dragoons in the King’s army. He left years ago but is pulled back in rank as the result of a cunning plan. His friend and Mohawk blood brother Atedawenete will rescue him more than once…

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  • Recommended Reading: Making Rain

    … My book recommendation this week is Making Rain: The Secrets of Building Lifelong Client Loyalty by Andrew Sobel. As an aside, I think you will find his other books valuable as well. In Making Rain, Andrew Sobel tells a great story about his son’s interview with the head of admissions at a college to which he was applying. Sobel describes…

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  • Cognitive Biases, the Legal Academy, and the Judiciary

    … It’s a pleasure to be here at Concurring Opinions. I would like to thank Dan, Sarah, and Ron for inviting me. During my visit, I hope to talk a bit about my core research areas of land use and local government law (including why you, who are statistically unlikely to be interested in either land use or local government law, should be interested…

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  • Recommended Reading: My Favorite Book to Give Golfers

    … each and every shot in the match, the history of the beautiful Cypress Point golf course and, most importantly, biographies of all four players. If you enjoy golf, you will love the book. If you enjoy biographies, you will also enjoy the book. To get you started here is one of my favorite reviews of the book. The book includes a quote I…

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  • Chapter 8 of Berkshire Beyond Buffett: An Excerpt and Link

    … The following is an excerpt from Chapter 8, Autonomy, from Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values; the full text of the chapter, which considers the case for Berkshire’s distinctive trust-based model of corporate governance, can be downloaded free from SSRN here. . . . Berkshire corporate policy strikes a balance between autonomy…

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  • Recommended Reading/Listening

    …Have you read or listened to the book Unbroken? If you haven’t, I urge you to read or listen to it. I listening to it. Edward Herrman was an excellent narrator. I cannot picture how I would have ever been resilient enough to endure what Louis Zamperini did. He is an inspiration for us all. He passed away at 97 this year. You can watch this CBS segment to learn more about him: Remembering the “Unbroken” spirit of Louis Zamperini.…

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  • In Light of the Madness by Hemmie Martin

    … In Light of the Madness by Hemmie Martin starts slow but once the story unfolds, the author does not hold back. Every parent’s nightmare is to survive your own child. To see them die before your eyes. To see them in the morgue after an autopsy. To answer questions to which you frankly have no answer […] The post In Light of the Madness by Hemmie…

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