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Legal Spectator & More

Legal Spectator & More

by Jacob A. Stein
Legal Spectator & More

Legal Spectator & More

by Jacob A. Stein



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From the Author:
One of these days a tired lawyer, in retreat from the quickly running statute of limitations, and hiding out in a bookstore as I have done, will discover this book. And it may just happen that one or two of the remarks that follow will remind the tired counselor that the ungrateful client, the unresponsive judge, the damnation of deadlines are all common to those of us who must extract a living from the contention of others.

About the Author:
Jacob A. Stein has been a trial lawyer for more than 55 years. Mr. Stein received an LL.B. in 1948 from George Washington University. His practice includes a wide variety of civil and criminal litigation, particularly the prosecution of personal injury claims. His books include: Legal Spectator & More (2003); The Law of Law Firms (1994); Closing Argument, The Art and the Law (1969); Trial Handbook for Maryland Lawyers (1972-2001); District of Columbia Tort Casefinder (1977 & 1983 supp.); Personal Injury Damages (2nd ed. 1991); Damages and Recovery, A Survey of the Law of Damages (1972).

He is senior editor of Litigation magazine. He is adjunct professor at Georgetown U. Law School, where he teaches an advanced course in the Federal Rules of Evidence. He also has participated in many continuing education programs and has taught in the Harvard Law School trial practice course from 1974 through 1983.

He is past president of the District of Columbia Bar and of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia. He served as chairman of the Local Rules Committee of the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Mr. Stein is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

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ISBN-13: 9781587332487
Publisher: TheCapitol.Net. Inc.
Publication date: 10/01/2007
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 336
File size: 409 KB

Table of Contents

The writings of Jacob Stein, columnist to the Washington Lawyer magazine since 1990, have recently been collected in a new book, Legal Spectator & More. They include selections from "Legal Spectator" in Washington Lawyer, as well as articles published in the American Scholar, Litigation, and other journals.

Stein, president of the D.C. Bar in 1982-83, began writing essays in 1968. According to Stein, he generally writes a column when he should be drafting a motion for summary judgment. "I like to get an O. Henry ending, a surprise ending," he said, "which even O. Henry couldn't do all the time."

This book is the third compilation of Stein's reminiscences about lawyers, judges, and clients. The essays range widely over literature and popular culture as well, and draw upon Stein's acquaintances, famous, unknown, or forgotten.

"An Evening With Louis Armstrong," for instance, recounts several hours in the company of Armstrong and a mutual friend. He recalls that Armstrong's conversations were as artistic and entertaining as his music and that he was a firm, and outspoken, believer in the importance of a reliable daily laxative. [Ed. note: Swiss Kris]

The collection includes the essay that began the "Legal Spectator" column, "The Columbian Building," about the Diana statute memorializing J.J. Darlington at Judiciary Square.

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