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Yale Law Grad Gives Up Law to Write Kids’ Books

Posted Nov 27, 2007 10:20 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A Yale law grad who worked 10 years as a legal services lawyer has chucked legal practice to become a writer.

The career change is beginning to pay off with accolades for Alice Bauer, who has written a critically acclaimed new children’s book called No Castles Here, the Connecticut Law Tribune reports.

The book is about a boy from Camden, N.J., who has to contend with bullies and an ice storm that wrecks his school. That harsh reality contrasts with the fairy godmother he finds after accidentally stealing a book of fairy tales.

Before becoming a full-time writer in 1996, the Connecticut lawyer helped write pamphlets for her legal aid clients and training materials for other lawyers.

"I miss the office and the sense of camaraderie," she told the legal publication. "But I've built up connections in the writers' world. And although I don't have an office where I can walk down the hall to go complain about a frustrating opposing counsel, or crow about a great decision, I have the Internet where I can communicate quickly with other writers and get wonderful feedback."

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