Book Reviews

    • “Chase Your Shadow; the trials of Oscar Pistorius”

      Photograph AdS “Chase Your Shadow; the trials of Oscar Pistorius” by John Carlin is a must read. The title is well-chosen. We learn about Oscar, his family, his disability, and his career. His life was indeed filled with trials and they started well before 2013. Carlin clearly wrote this book with compassion in his heart. Some might think that he was biased towards Pistorius.

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    • Murder as a fine art by David Morrell

      Photograph AdS Murder as a fine art by David Morrell features Victorian London, multiple murders, and crime scene investigations in their forensic infancy. That made me pick up this book. In Chapter one, we meet the artist of death, the killer, who goes through various disguises to move from place to place unseen, to observe people, and to take stock of his surroundings.

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  • 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…

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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…

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  • Rightful Owner by Hemmie Martin

    … integrity still rattles, and Lennox still isn’t capable of making responsible choices. The difference with the earlier book is that we get more insight in him as a father. It made him more human to me. The author does not spare us in this book as we discover the pain of lost children, the fragile student-faculty relationship, and the immense changes…

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  • Ask the author: Chief Judge Katzmann on statutory interpretation

    … the gold standard. From Senator Moynihan I learned about the strength and fragility of our institutions, about social science and social policy, about the need for humility about what we know and what we can achieve. He liked to say that you’re entitled to your own opinion, but not to your own facts. He would quote the philosopher Georges Bernanos…

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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

    … In the blog I posted yesterday, I mentioned that lawyers I coach read books together and share their takeaways with each other. I know they find it a valuable experience because each reader sees something different. One book the readers found very valuable was How Will You Measure Your Life? by Harvard Business School professor, Clay Christensen…

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

    … Autobiography: It was the first book about a lawyer I read and truly inspired me to become a lawyer. Final verdict / by Adela Rogers St JohnsAdela Rogers St. Johns biography of her father Earl Rogers-He was a better trial lawyer drunk than most who were sober. He defended Clarence Darrow in a case. I loved her writing. The Defense Never RestsF…

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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

    … Who was the most memorable speaker at one of your law firm’s retreats. For me, that speaker was Barry J. Gibbons, the former Chairman and CEO of Burger King. I came away from his presentation with many new ideas about client development. He spoke to us on Saturday morning just after a speaker from Fidelity showed us at least 100 PowerPoint…

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  • Jack Absolute

    … Jack Absolute by C.C. Humphreys was not a targeted purchase. I bought it on sale when Books-A-Million was still alive here. The cover art appealed to me. It may be difficult to see on the picture but the cover is a three-fold piece of art. The bottom is a map that portrays part of the New England states. If you look closely under the title…

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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

    … Social Science in Law, 134 U. Pa. L. Rev. 477, 488 (1986), is that courts should pay particular attention to empirical sociological research when it has the capacity to address prospective, generally applicable issues (such as, perhaps, the efficacy of Miranda warnings, the social costs of stop-and-frisk policies, and so on). Monahan & Walker…

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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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