Jonathan Shapiro Nobody I know is funnier, smarter, or has a wider breadth of references than my friend Jonathan Shapiro. This book is a bit of a miracle: informative, insightful, poetic, and funny. —Paul Reiser, comedian, actor, and bestselling author
Using famous real-life court transcripts, television scripts, and story after story, Lawyers, Liars, and the Art of Storytelling shows the reader how to get their message across and the result they want using the time-tested elements and basic structure of great stories. Part how-to manual, part memoir, always entertaining and never lecture, this book provides storytelling lessons gleaned from years of trial practice and television writing, wrapped in—what else?—great stories.
Jonathan Shapiro Meet Lizzie Scott, federal prosecutor, whose obsession with protecting the weak is matched only by her hatred of bullies, especially when they wear a badge. Set in the United States Attorney's Office for the Central District of California, Deadly Force is the first novel in a trilogy about Lizzie Scott and her battles to tame the Inland Empire, the West's wild frontier. As timely as it is troubling, Deadly Force is the ultimate insider's look at a prosecutor's worst nightmare: having to go after one of the "good guys," a cop accused of having shot and unarmed suspect to death in cold blood. To get justice, Scott has to put more than her career on the line. Nobody is more deadly than a dirty cop out for revenge. As the nation continues to wrestle with a spate of police shootings, Deadly Force reveals the pressures, competing desires and ambitions brought to bear on lawyers, victims, witnesses, and the judges involved in such cases. Deadly Force is a classic Western for the 21st century and Lizzie Scott is a heroine you are not likely to ever forget.
Don Franzen, Jim Lafferty, Frank Gruber, Barry A. Sanders & Jonathan Shapiro A collection of essays on the topic of the law and legal affairs, selected in order to give readers samples of the ways in which the subject of law relates to the study of ourselves and our times. Those included in this publication are just a sample of the books reviewed over the last year and a half reviews that cover a variety of topics, some very current, some historical and some dealing with debates spanning centuries.
A review of Judge Wilkinson’s Cosmic Constitutional Theory surveys the leading theories of the Constitution and how to interpret it. Two equally brilliant and contrasting views on the meaning of our nation’s founding document are provided through interviews with Justice Antonin Scalia and Yale Law Professor Akhil Reed Amar. Between these three pieces, the reader will find a sharp debate as to whether a literal reading or a living interpretation of the document should govern our age.
Also included is a thoughtful treatment of the macroeconomic disconnect between the numbers of new lawyers churned out by our educational system and the market for these new entrants. To see how far we’ve come since the first women sought admission to the bar, read a review of Jill Norgren’s Rebels at the Bar: The Fascinating, Forgotten Stories of America’s First Women Lawyers.
The articles featured in this publication, by the breadth of the issues they survey, show rather that the law is a rich bed of moral inquiry, an all too true reflection of our times and ourselves.