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

    … different and unique ideas. If you are interested in learning more about the book, take a look at this New York Times article: An Introvert Steps Out: How the Author of ‘Quiet’ Delivered a Rousing Speech. You might also find it valuable to watch Susan Cain’s TED presentation. As you may know, at the risk of over generalizing, I contend introverts…

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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

    … in this Question and Answer exchange for our readers. And congratulations on the publication of your latest book and for all the attention it has received, including your C-SPAN interview with Brian Lamb, a review essay by retired Justice John Paul Stevens, commentaries by Jeffrey Toobin (The New Yorker) and Norman Ornstein (The Atlantic), and Tony…

    Ronald Collins/ SCOTUSblog- 2 readers -
  • 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

    … values. It’s still a work in progress, but I appreciate this book causing me to think about it. I agree with the authors: you have to build, talk about and create the culture you want in your family. If I want the DeLeon’s to be known for kindness or generosity or compassion, we need to talk about it and model it for our daughter. Chapter 10…

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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…

    Alice De Sturler/ Defrosting Cold Cases- 20 readers -
  • 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

    … when you make an emotional connection with someone. What does all this mean to lawyers? Put simply observation and doing your homework can be powerful client development techniques because it allows you to connect with the client on a personal level. Here are some ideas on applying those techniques. Before you meet with a client or prospective client…

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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…

    Kenneth Stahl/ Concurring Opinions- 4 readers -
  • Recommended Reading: My Favorite Book to Give Golfers

    … with fellow millionaire George Colemen that the best amatuers in the world could beat the professionals in match play. The two men set up the match at Cypress Point between professional golfers Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, who were well beyond their prime, and amateurs Ken Venturi and Harvie Ward, who had not reached their prime. The book details…

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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…

    Lawrence Cunningham/ Concurring Opinions- 5 readers -
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