Washington Lawyer Directory

The most comprehensive directory for Washington lawyers is available from the Washington State Bar Association. Although it does not provide much biographic information, it works well for obtaining current contact information for members of the bar.


New and Notable: Solo by Choice, The Companion Guide

Solo by Choice, The Companion Guide: 34 Questions That Could Transform Your Legal Career by Carolyn Elefant
Call Number: LAW-4th Floor KF300.Z9E423 2011

From the Publisher:
… insights, tips, first-hand lessons. … inspiration and encouragement.

About the Author:  
Carolyn Elefant keeps quite busy. She’s an attorney, active legal blogger, into sustainable environmental causes, etc.


Check it Out: The Rainmaker

Francis Ford Coppola scripted and directed the film based on John Grisham’s novel The Rainmaker. In the film Matt Damon plays Rudy Baylor, an inexperienced young lawyer, who takes on the case of a terminally-ill leukemia patient who was denied treatment, a life-saving bone marrow transplant, by an insurance company. Check out The Rainmaker from the law library and watch as Baylor takes on the insurance company and the high-priced legal firm that defends it.



New and Notable: Lawyers at Midlife

Lawyers at Midlife: Laying the Groundwork for the Road Ahead: A Personal & Financial Retirement Planner for Lawyers by Mike Long, John Clyde, and Pat Funk

Call Number: LAW-4th Floor KF315.L66 2009

From the Publisher:
Lawyers at Midlife
is not the usual, feel-good retirement book. At its core, it’s a workbook; a planning tool intended to help mid- and late-career lawyers lay the groundwork – financial, medical, estate-planning, social, practice-closing – for the next chapter of their lives.

From The ABA’s Law Practice magazine:
The book’s strength is in the stories of struggles of lawyers at midlife. They put a face on the transition process, and help you (understand) that you’re not alone.

About the Authors: 
“Financial/retirement planning for the legal profession” is the expertise and working field of each of this book’s co-authors.


Makeup Wells and other Financial Lingo

If you are not sure whether to invest in something that involves a “makeup well” or how to respond to a “bear hug letter” you might start by looking to one of Latham & Watkins three editions of The Book of Jargon®. These handy references are intended to assist members of the financial community in learning (or re-learning) to ‘talk the talk’ of banking, capital markets and project finance. These online portals and iPhone apps are perfect for the recent law school or business graduate, or perhaps not-so recent graduates, or anyone interested in financial terms of art. Find all three online at Latham & Watkins website.


Check it Out: I Am Sam


Sam Dawson (Sean Penn) is a mentally challenged father who has a seven-year-old daughter, Lucy (Dakota Fanning), who he has raised alone since her mother left them. Sam must face his limitations when Lucy is taken away by a social worker who believes that Sam is not fit to raise a child. He convinces a high-priced attorney to take his case pro-bono, and together they work to secure Sam’s parental rights.  Check out I Am Sam from the law Library.


Check it Out: Philadelphia

Philadelphia was one of the first Hollywood movies to openly discuss homosexual relationships, HIV/AIDS, and homophobia. Tom Hanks won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance of Andrew Beckett, a lawyer who was fired from a conservative corporate law firm when they find out he has AIDS. Beckett seeks the assistance of personal injury attorney Joe Miller (Denzel Washington), who is openly homophobic but the only lawyer willing to work with Beckett on the AIDS discrimination case.



Holiday Gifts for Lawyers

Did you know there are vendors who specialize in gifts for lawyers? One such vendor is For Counsel whose offerings include desktop items, clothing, artwork, and even gifts for babies and toddlers. It’s a simple way for you to put the law in your hol-law-day.


Check it Out: Reversible Errors

Reversible Errors is based on the novel by author and practicing attorney Scott Turow. It follows the story of a lawyer, Arthur Raven (William H. Macy), who is determined to find new evidence that will exonerate his client on death row for the murder of three people. As time runs out Raven finds evidence indicating his client was framed. But he must fight the original prosecuting attorney and her lover, the original investigating officer, who both stand to lose if the original verdict is not upheld.


Check it Out: Intolerable Cruelty

Directed by the Coen brothers, this romantic comedy features George Clooney as Miles Massey, a high-powered Beverly Hills divorce attorney, who invented the foolproof prenuptial agreement called the Massey Prenup. Massey represents his client Rex Rexroth, whose wife Marylin (played by Catherine Zeta-Jones) only married him  for his money, in a vicious divorce. Massey wins the case leaving Marylin with nothing. From that point on  Marylin and Massey battle as they each try to out-swindle the other. Check out Intolerable Cruelty from the law library.