Lawyers and Literature

| Spring | 2019 |

Law School Stories (and Poetry)

"Centaurs," in J.S. Marcus, The Art of Cartography 17-23 (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1991) [reprinted in Jay Wishingrad (ed.), Legal Fictions: Short Stories About Lawyers and the Law 97-100 (Woodstock, New York: Overlook Press, 1992)] [You will find "Centaurs" in the packet that I gave you at our first class meeting.]

  Instructor's Note

 Biographical Note-J.S. Marcus: Bio note

"The Interview" in Lowell B. Komie, The Legal Fiction of Lowell B. Komie 1-11 (Chicago: Swordfish Chicago, 2005) [25 Legal Stud. F. 11 (2001)] [online text]

"The Ice Horse" in Lowell B. Komie, The Legal Fiction of Lowell B. Komie 23-35 (Chicago: Swordfish Chicago, 2005) [25 Legal Stud. F. 29 (2001)] [online text]


Instructor's Note

 Biographical Note-Lowell B. Komie: Lowell B. Komie was a Chicago attorney and writer. He received his B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1951 and his J.D. from Northwestern University in 1954.

Obituary for Lowell B. Komie: "Lowell Burt Komie, 87, of Highwood, Illinois, died Thursday, October 29, 2015. Lowell was born in Chicago, and grew up in Milwaukee and Ravinia, Illinois. . . . He served in the U.S. Navy before settling in Chicago and later Deerfield. Mr. Komie . . . was a practicing attorney for over 60 years. He was also an accomplished author, receiving the 1995 Carl Sandburg Literary Award for his short story collection, 'The Lawyers Chambers.'"

Interview [with James R. Elkins, 25 Legal Stud. F. 223 (2001)] Interview [with Norbert Blei, 31 Legal Stud. F. 983 (2007]

Poems in the section on "A Lawyer's Education," in James R. Elkins (ed.), Lawyer Poets and That World We Call Law 19-31 (New York: Pleasure Boat Studio, 2013) [online text] [bios of the poets: Ace Boggess, Lee Warner Brooks, James McKenna, Charles D. Williams, James Clarke]

One of the poems I asked you to read in Lawyer Poets and That World We Call Law is by Ace Boggess. Boggess is a graduate of the College of Law at West Virginia University. For an essay by Boggess about his time in prison, see: In-Verse: Poetry and Law Behind Prison Walls. The Boggess essay was published in 39 Legal Stud. F. 11 (2015).

Supplemental Reading

A Satirical Story: Jeremy Gilman, "The Real World of Law School," 24 Legal Stud. F. 19 (2000) [online text] [Instructor's Note] [Jeremy Gilman is a partner in a Cleveland law firm. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, 1955; admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1983 and the Florida Bar in 1985. He received his A.B. in 1979 from Columbia College, and his J.D. in 1983 from Case Western Reserve University where he was Editor of the Case Western Reserve University Law Review, 1982-1983. His practice areas include: complex and business litigation; commercial and securities litigation; class actions; bankruptcy litigation; health care litigation; unfair competition.]

The Law School Experience: Brenda Waugh, A Theory of Employment Discrimination, 40 J. Legal Educ. 113 (1990) [online text] [a verse narrative by a former West Virginia University student that focuses on her law firm interview experiences] :: Jason Wandling, Estoppel, 25 Legal Stud. F. 343 (2001) [online text] [a work of creative non-fiction by a West Virginia University student]

Law Students at West Virginia University Talk about Becoming a Lawyer: James R. Elkins, Becoming a Lawyer: The Transformation of Self During Legal Education, 66 Soundings 450 (1983) [online text] [The law student accounts in this article were drawn from student journals written in the early 1980s. My question: Has anything changed in the ensuing 35 years?]

A Law Professor Talks about Her Days as a Student at Harvard: Patricia J. Williams, The Alchemy of Race and Rights: Diary of a Law Professor

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