Newest Issue - August 2011


30 Lawyers Pick 30 Books Every Lawyer Should Read

The great Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. once confessed that his greatest thoughts were the result of wrestling with those of others. “Life-transforming ideas,” he wrote, “have always come to me through books."

Each summer for the last three years we’ve wrestled in these pages with the role lawyers play in the broadest range of our culture of literature—from the pages of pulp fiction to the grittiest portrayals on the silver screen.

This year, however, we thought we’d turn our view 180 degrees and observe the effects of literature on some of the lawyers we know.

We asked 30 lawyers to pick a book they’d recommend to other lawyers—a book they might not have already read or may have overlooked or might not know. The lawyers who’ve not read To Kill A Mockingbird at some point in their life probably could be seated in a small, uncomfortable room until they do so. In fact, they probably should.


Opening Statements

The National Pulse

McElhaney on Litigation

Business of Law

Your ABA

President's Message

Obiter Dicta


Letters to the Editor

Poll: Which of these captions for the cartoon contest really pops?

Two prisoners watch lawyer walk out of prison.

  • 41.29%
    "He’s not much of a lawyer, but for 40 years he hasn’t forgotten my birthday."
  • 9.01%
    "I asked for help keeping my head up, but I should have been more specific."
  • 49.7%
    "How did the meeting with your attorney go?" "He said these balloons had a better chance of getting me out than he did."