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Provocative true cases that explore the intersection of our most intimate relationships and the law?and offer a window into how we define a family today.
A woman seeking a divorce has no idea of the family finances?her husband doled out money only after she gave him requisition slips for her intended purchases. A lesbian couple wants to include their sperm donor in their child?s life?the sperm donor is the brother of one partner, so he will be...
Provocative true cases that explore the intersection of our most intimate relationships and the law—and offer a window into how we define a family today.
A woman seeking a divorce has no idea of the family finances—her husband doled out money only after she gave him requisition slips for her intended purchases. A lesbian couple wants to include their sperm donor in their child’s life—the sperm donor is the brother of one partner, so he will be the biological father as well as the child’s uncle. These are the clients who come knocking on family lawyer Margaret Klaw’s door, hoping for resolution.
“With a lawyer's mind and a writer’s heart, Klaw brings a deeper understanding of the way cultural attitudes about sex, money, women and relationships influence the law--and vice versa. Keeping It Civil grants access to Klaw’s most intriguing cases, exploring today’s hot button issues through the lens of ordinary people seeking counsel." —Philadelphia Tribune
“What doesn’t happen very often is that I read a book straight through, but that’s what I did with Keeping It Civil. I just couldn’t stop myself. That’s because author and Pennsylvania 'Super Lawyer' Margaret Klaw shares her cases with excitement, energy, and compassion here.” —The Bookworm Sez
“It is both Klaw’s legal expertise and her warmheartedness that make this book so approachable--and her terrific prose doesn’t hurt, either. I especially recommend this for book groups, where discussions about these ethical and legal dilemmas will no doubt be spirited.” —Bookpage
“An excellent, non-technical crash course on how and why lawyers do what they do . . . This book accomplishes an admirable goal: to foreground the humanity in the halls of justice.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Love can be messy, and law is just as complicated. Klaw’s book reminds readers that nothing about law is impersonal. Instead, human emotion remains the glue of the legal system, societal norms, and family law.” —Foreword Reviews
“Conversational, entertaining . . . Informative and smart . . . An accessible description of an intricate field of law, examined in an open-hearted style.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Margaret Klaw’s keen observations about the law and human nature are eye-opening and jaw-dropping. This book shows how today's cultural conflicts are played out in the lives of ordinary families in true-life cases that involve love, money, sex, betrayal, and power. A must read!”—Lisa Scottoline, New York Times bestselling author of the legal thrillers Save Me, Think Twice, and others
"Conversational, entertaining . . . informative and smart . . . An accessible description of an intricate field of law, examined in an open-hearted style." --Kirkus Reviews
There's a courthouse saying that criminal lawyers see bad people at their best and family lawyers see good people at their worst. We deal with people who are raw, who are hurting. They tell us about what happens behind closed doors, and we come to know them, fast. But there's also a flip side. There are plenty of people who, in the midst of crisis, inspire awe with their strength and sound judgment. —from the Introduction
Posted November 4, 2013
This book is a terrific read. One might make the mistake of thinking it is targeted toward those who are in involved in family law,
either as lawyers or clients. That's not the case at all. Klaw writes an engaging, interesting and sometimes humorous account
of her field of work. Her perspectives on what drew her into the field of family law and what keeps her there are enlightening, as
are her insights into the often-mysterious world of lawyering and courtrooms in general. There are lessons sprinkled throughout,
although thankfully not in a self-helpy sort of way. Rather, Klaw shares enough stories from others' real life experiences that we
all can consider how to make choices that are sensible for us. I found this book totally readable and approachable. Highly