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Unbillable Hours: A True Story
     

Unbillable Hours: A True Story

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by Ian Graham
 

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The story-part memoir, part hard-hitting expose-of a first-year law associate negotiating the arduous path through a system designed to break those who enter it before it makes them.
Landing a job at a prestigious L.A. law firm, complete with a six figure income, signaled the beginning of the good life for Ian Graham. But the harsh reality of life as an associate

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The story-part memoir, part hard-hitting expose-of a first-year law associate negotiating the arduous path through a system designed to break those who enter it before it makes them.
Landing a job at a prestigious L.A. law firm, complete with a six figure income, signaled the beginning of the good life for Ian Graham. But the harsh reality of life as an associate quickly became evident. The work was grueling and boring, the days were impossibly long, and Graham's sole purpose was to rack up billable hours. But when he took an unpaid pro bono case to escape the drudgery, Graham found the meaning in his work that he'd been looking for. As he worked to free Mario Rocha, a gifted young Latino who had been wrongly convicted at 16 and sentenced to life without parole, the shocking contrast between the greed and hypocrisy of law firm life and Mario's desperate struggle for freedom led Graham to look long and hard at his future as a corporate lawyer.

Clear-eyed and moving, written with the drama and speed of a John Grisham novel and the personal appeal of Scott Turow's account of his law school years, Unbillable Hours is an arresting personal story with implications for all of us.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780692214305
Publisher:
Electric Avenue Publishing
Publication date:
07/25/2014
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
594,420
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

Meet the Author

Ian Graham is a lawyer and writer living in Los Angeles. After graduating from Rice University and the University of Texas Law School, he worked as an associate at the law firm of Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles. His work and that of others on behalf of Mario Rocha was featured in the award winning documentary film Mario's Story.

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Unbillable Hours 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 84 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I generally read fiction, but, handed an advance copy of this book by someone whose opinion I value, I decided to give it a try. I want to thank my friend for pushing me to read it. I got pulled into the story and it's characters by the author's narrative flow and easy wit. I actually laughed out loud in many places. Graham seems so typical of many well-to-do educated but unfocused college grads who go to law school for nothing better to do and get seduced by the money into high-paying firms where they face the real grind of earning that high paycheck. By taking a pro bono case as a reprieve from corporate cases, Graham gets pulled into a situation where his head must face his heart and he has to decide where his values lie. This case changes everything and we get to witness this life-changing process. It's extremely well done and thought provoking. Hats off to everyone who was part of this story.
vpappas More than 1 year ago
Golden handcuffs sealed the deal for me, personally. Although Ian did a great job of getting my attention in the first chapter, his reference to golden handcuffs around page 50 and his sense of impending (personal) doom kept me from putting this book down. Finding purpose in one's life is not easy. No one is taught in grade school, to find, seek and create a life filled with happiness. A lucky few figure out that lesson on their own. Others never get there. Unbillable Hours certainly illustrates the numerous methodologies society uses to imprison all of us, some more literally and severely than others. The strength that both Ian and Mario possess are enviable and almost overwhelming, especially Mario's. What a great story about two very courageous individuals! I hope life continues to shine fondly upon them and their well-deserved freedom.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was handed an advance copy of this book by a friend in the publishing industry and I could not put it down. This is a very moving story with unforgettable lessons learned throughout the story. I would recommend this read to anyone.
readerwriter21 More than 1 year ago
I was given an advance copy of Unbillable Hours and I couldn't put it down. It's a true story that reads like novel--part crime-and-courtroom thriller, part expose of big law firm life, part coming-of-age story of a brash young lawyer's growing a conscience when given responsibility for an unpaid, life-or-death quest for justice. And it's laugh-out-loud funny. This is a story with legs.
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Ruby_Jacobs More than 1 year ago
As a former big firm attorney/associate, I loved this book. I loved how the author intertwined his story of working as an associate and the compelling, incredible story of Mario Rocha. Haven't enjoyed a book this much in years.
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