The Aesop of Law?
Dickinson School of Law professor Robert E. Rains is described in his professional biography as a prolific contributor to academic and professional journals, one of the law school's most widely published faculty members. His writings focus on serious issues of family, juvenile and disability law. But for some two decades, Rains has had a literary sideline, of sorts, writing humorous fables and verses drawn from real-life legal stories.
Now, Rains has compiled his fables in a book, True Tales of Trying Times: Legal Fables for Today. The book is published in the United States by independent publisher Willow Crossing Press and was just released in the United Kingdom by Wildy & Sons Ltd.
The book's Web site describes it as a humorous collection of modern-day parables drawn from actual court decisions. "The fables are short in length and long in wit, each concluding with a moral drawn from the tale, presented in verse." Rains' wife, a "recovering attorney," and sister-in-law contributed pen-and-ink drawings to illustrate the fables. It is a book, says the Web site, that is "for everyone: not just lawyers, but people too!"
Rains tells The Carlisle Sentinel that he writes these fables in part as a way "to keep what's left of my sanity." Appropriately, the book's forward is written by Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin, who himself gained notoriety as Pennsylvania's "rhyming judge" after issuing opinions written entirely in verse. The moral of the story: What's good for the professor may not be for the judge.
Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on September 14, 2007 at 04:12 PM | Permalink
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