Harmon, "A Memoir: What I Did Not Put on My Law School Application"
Louise Harmon is the author of Fragments on the
Deathwatch (Beacon Press, 1999). The amazon.com review of the
book reads as follows: "Fragments on the Deathwatch is
a strange, fractured book, part legal advocacy, part poignant memoir.
. . . Despite its importance in traditional cultures around the world,
the time we spend with those who are dying is often ignored in modern
life. From the roadblocks thrown up by institutions both legal and
medical to our society's taboos about discussing death, we conspire
to keep people at arm's length from their dying loved ones. A professor
of law at Touro College, Harmon can't help but frame much of her argument
in legal terms, in spite of her insistence that no professional vocabulary
is adequate to the nuances of grief. Perhaps in order to compensate
for this lawyerly-ness, Fragments on the Deathwatch comes liberally
enriched with footnotes, commentary, and a plethora of quotes from
poetry as well as from the law. Most powerfully, Harmon also tells
the agonizing story of her father's own death and her vigil at his
E. Tweedy, "The Book Skirmishes"
Ann Tweedy spent several years as counsel for a
Northwest Indian tribe. She has for the past several years been teaching
law, at California Western and Michigan State. She has recently accepted
an offer to join the faculty at Hamline. Tweedy is also a poet.
Lee Brooks was a partner in the litigation department
of a Detroit law firm. He is currently teaching writing at the University
of Michigan-Dearborn. You know him as a poet and in 2009 published
67 of his sonnets under the collection title, Novlets.
R. Haje, "Finding Work"
Ward Abel, "Synonyms for Six"
"Synonyms for Six" appears in L. Ward Abel,
Torn Sky Bleeding Blue (erbacce-press, 2010)
Chalar, "True: A Glossay"
Laura Chalar is an Uruguayan lawyer, author, and poet.
Estevan, "Such is Life"
Andrea Estevan, an Uruguayan colleague of Laura Chalar,
was recruited for a Legal Studies Forum memoir issue by Ms. Chalar.
Estevan (Montevideo, Uruguay, 1974) is a notary public, lawyer and
graduate from the Uruguayan Center for Judiciary Studies (CEJU). She
has worked in the mediation centers of the Uruguayan Judiciary, and
in the Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration Committee of the Uruguayan
Notarial Association. Estevan coordinates, together with a fellow
poet, the "La pluma azul" (Blue Quill) group, which organizes monthly
Sutin, "Notes for a Final Accounting"