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Blawger Pens Guide to Getting Sued

Howtogetsued You're a lawyer -- of course you know how to sue someone. But do you know how to get sued? If not, there is now an instructional guide, written by lawyer and blogger J. Craig Williams, whose blog, May It Please the Court, is part of the blog network. The 272-page book, How to Get Sued: An Instructional Guide, published by Kaplan Publishing, is described as "a witty look at the American court system."

"Aimed at the attorney or intelligent casual reader seeking some light diversion, this satirical how-to is sophisticated enough to appeal to the average reader who enjoys sharp wit and some of the more bizarre twists the legal system takes without covering the humor with a thick layer of obscure jargon."

So how does one get sued? Based on some of the book's chapters, it appears to be quite easy. Go to work, own a pet, enjoy yourself -- even just step out your front door in the morning, and you could be sued. Consider the woman Williams writes about who bought her roommate a cat, only to find herself later embroiled in a cat-custody battle that resulted in a five-figure settlement.

The book features a forward by 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Alex Kozinski. "Just as it's hard to avert your eyes from a train wreck," Kozinski writes, "it's very difficult to put down a book that repeatedly illustrates not only how easily one can be swept into the sausage factory, but how hilariously difficult and Byzantine things can become once there." As for the author, he is just back from the release of his book at Book Expo America. He writes on his blog that he is happy to autograph the book for anyone who buys a copy and sends it to him. And he points to a page on his publisher's site where you can get free chapter bonus materials.

Postscript: Williams discusses the book on the podcast he and I cohost, Lawyer2Lawyer, in an episode that also features Jones Day partner Mark Herrmann, author of the best-selling ABA book, The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on June 6, 2008 at 09:26 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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