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The Client

The Client (Paperback)

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John Grisham (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 66 times as legal-fiction)


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350,322 ratings —
published 1993

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A Time to Kill (Jake Brigance, #1)

A Time to Kill (Jake Brigance, #1)

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John Grisham (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 64 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 4.05 —
645,942 ratings —
published 1989

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The Pelican Brief

The Pelican Brief (Paperback)

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John Grisham (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 60 times as legal-fiction)


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published 1992

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The Runaway Jury

The Runaway Jury (Paperback)

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John Grisham (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 57 times as legal-fiction)


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published 1996

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The Rainmaker

The Rainmaker (Paperback)

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John Grisham (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 56 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 3.92 —
150,921 ratings —
published 1991

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The Testament

The Testament (Paperback)

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John Grisham (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 53 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 3.85 —
92,451 ratings —
published 1999

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The Street Lawyer

The Street Lawyer (Paperback)

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John Grisham (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 51 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 3.82 —
92,475 ratings —
published 1998

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The Associate

The Associate (Hardcover)

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John Grisham (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 48 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 3.65 —
54,949 ratings —
published 2009

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The Appeal

The Appeal (Hardcover)

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John Grisham (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 48 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 3.59 —
44,820 ratings —
published 2008

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Sycamore Row (Jake Brigance, #2)

Sycamore Row (Jake Brigance, #2)

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John Grisham (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 47 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 3.99 —
92,335 ratings —
published 2013

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The Summons

The Summons (Paperback)

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John Grisham (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 47 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 3.68 —
60,347 ratings —
published 2002

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The Chamber

The Chamber (Paperback)

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John Grisham (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 47 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 3.78 —
113,223 ratings —
published 1994

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The Partner

The Partner (Paperback)

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John Grisham (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 46 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 3.91 —
98,597 ratings —
published 1997

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The Litigators

The Litigators (Hardcover)

by

John Grisham (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 45 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 3.79 —
57,563 ratings —
published 2011

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The King of Torts

The King of Torts (Paperback)

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John Grisham (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 45 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 3.67 —
69,139 ratings —
published 2003

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The Firm

The Firm (Paperback)

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Robin Waterfield (Adapter)

(shelved 43 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 4.00 —
513,304 ratings —
published 1991

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The Racketeer

The Racketeer (Hardcover)

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John Grisham (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 38 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 3.80 —
74,310 ratings —
published 2012

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The Last Juror

The Last Juror (Paperback)

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John Grisham (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 38 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 3.86 —
71,102 ratings —
published 2004

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The Brethren

The Brethren (Paperback)

by

John Grisham (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 37 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 3.72 —
78,155 ratings —
published 2000

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Defending Jacob

Defending Jacob (Hardcover)

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William Landay (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 36 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 3.98 —
225,579 ratings —
published 2012

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Rogue Lawyer (Rogue Lawyer, #1)

Rogue Lawyer (Rogue Lawyer, #1)

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John Grisham (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 30 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 3.71 —
56,210 ratings —
published 2015

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The Broker

The Broker (Paperback)

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John Grisham (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 30 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 3.78 —
75,005 ratings —
published 2005

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The Confession

The Confession (Hardcover)

by

John Grisham (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 29 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 3.83 —
54,571 ratings —
published 2010

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Gray Mountain

Gray Mountain (Hardcover)

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John Grisham (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 27 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 3.55 —
69,170 ratings —
published 2014

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Presumed Innocent (Kindle County, #1)

Presumed Innocent (Kindle County, #1)

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Scott Turow (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 23 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 4.10 —
98,732 ratings —
published 1986

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The Lincoln Lawyer (Mickey Haller, #1; Harry Bosch Universe, #15)

The Lincoln Lawyer (Mickey Haller, #1; Harry Bosch Universe, #15)

by

Michael Connelly (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 23 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 4.15 —
172,314 ratings —
published 2005

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The Firm

The Firm (Mass Market Paperback)

by

John Grisham (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 18 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 3.98 —
23,640 ratings —
published 1991

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To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird (Paperback)

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Harper Lee

(shelved 18 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 4.26 —
3,751,498 ratings —
published 1960

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The Fifth Witness (Mickey Haller, #4; Harry Bosch Universe, #22)

The Fifth Witness (Mickey Haller, #4; Harry Bosch Universe, #22)

by

Michael Connelly (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 17 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 4.18 —
49,054 ratings —
published 2011

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The Rooster Bar

The Rooster Bar (Hardcover)

by

John Grisham (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 16 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 3.65 —
48,213 ratings —
published 2017

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The Reversal (Mickey Haller, #3; Harry Bosch Universe, #21)

The Reversal (Mickey Haller, #3; Harry Bosch Universe, #21)

by

Michael Connelly (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 16 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 4.14 —
46,919 ratings —
published 2010

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The Gods of Guilt (Mickey Haller, #5; Harry Bosch Universe, #25)

The Gods of Guilt (Mickey Haller, #5; Harry Bosch Universe, #25)

by

Michael Connelly (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 15 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 4.12 —
35,543 ratings —
published 2013

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The Whistler (The Whistler, #1)

The Whistler (The Whistler, #1)

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John Grisham (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 14 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 3.86 —
59,178 ratings —
published 2016

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Handle with Care

Handle with Care (Hardcover)

by

Jodi Picoult (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 14 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 3.97 —
102,639 ratings —
published 2009

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Innocent (Kindle County Legal Thriller, #8)

Innocent (Kindle County Legal Thriller, #8)

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Scott Turow (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 12 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 3.91 —
11,941 ratings —
published 2005

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The Brass Verdict (Mickey Haller, #2; Harry Bosch Universe, #18)

The Brass Verdict (Mickey Haller, #2; Harry Bosch Universe, #18)

by

Michael Connelly (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 12 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 4.11 —
48,438 ratings —
published 2008

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The Burden of Proof

The Burden of Proof (Paperback)

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Scott Turow (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 12 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 4.06 —
31,757 ratings —
published 1990

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Nineteen Minutes

Nineteen Minutes (Hardcover)

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Jodi Picoult (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 11 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 4.11 —
273,556 ratings —
published 2007

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The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town

The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town (Hardcover)

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John Grisham (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 11 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 3.80 —
51,941 ratings —
published 2006

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Legal Tender (Rosato & Associates, #2)

Legal Tender (Rosato & Associates, #2)

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Lisa Scottoline (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 9 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 3.88 —
6,157 ratings —
published 1996

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Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer (Theodore Boone, #1)

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer (Theodore Boone, #1)

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John Grisham (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 8 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 3.74 —
26,980 ratings —
published 2010

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Dead Even

Dead Even (Paperback)

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Brad Meltzer (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 8 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 3.81 —
4,098 ratings —
published 1998

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Dead Ringer (Rosato & Associates, #8)

Dead Ringer (Rosato & Associates, #8)

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Lisa Scottoline (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 8 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 3.94 —
7,541 ratings —
published 2003

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Everywhere That Mary Went (Rosato & Associates, #1)

Everywhere That Mary Went (Rosato & Associates, #1)

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Lisa Scottoline (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 8 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 3.80 —
9,892 ratings —
published 1993

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The Accused (Theodore Boone, #3)

The Accused (Theodore Boone, #3)

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John Grisham (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 7 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 3.97 —
9,446 ratings —
published 2012

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The Trial

The Trial (Paperback)

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Franz Kafka

(shelved 7 times as legal-fiction)


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186,158 ratings —
published 1925

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Reversible Errors (Kindle County, #6)

Reversible Errors (Kindle County, #6)

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Scott Turow (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 7 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 3.84 —
5,286 ratings —
published 2002

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The Color of Law (Scott Fenney #1)

The Color of Law (Scott Fenney #1)

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Mark Gimenez (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 7 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 4.06 —
4,125 ratings —
published 2005

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Shadow of Power (Paul Madriani, #9)

Shadow of Power (Paul Madriani, #9)

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Steve Martini

(shelved 7 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 3.68 —
2,872 ratings —
published 2008

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Mistaken Identity (Rosato & Associates, #4)

Mistaken Identity (Rosato & Associates, #4)

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Lisa Scottoline (Goodreads Author)

(shelved 7 times as legal-fiction)


avg rating 3.87 —
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published 1998

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The ABA Journal has been exploring a fascinating romance between lawyers and popular culture. We’ve traced this connection through films and plays and television, and the conclusion is inescapable: Not only do lawyers seem to love pop culture; pop culture seems to love lawyers back.

But this year we’re raising the bar. We’ve attempted to survey the world of literature to find the best portrayals of lawyers and the law. To do so, we convened a panel of experts —a worthy group of particularly well-read lawyers and scholars—and asked for their nominations. We composed a ballot that included more than 100 of the greatest novels ever written—novels whose storylines revolved around lawyers or legal cases or the moral milieu of the law.

From that ballot, our panel picked their personal favorites. Their choices defined for us the top 25 legal novels (actually 26, as you’ll see). But more than that, they gave us the starting point for a discussion we intend to keep having on how and why the law is such a comfortable starting place for our narratives about human life. These are stories that have endured for years or decades, or even generations. Many of them are familiar; some of them, less so. Among them are stories of life and death, courage and betrayal, loyalty and honor, revenge and redemption—in other words, human existence.

Choose your favorite with this poll , criticize our choices in the comments or simply put together a reading list of your own. But your starting point is here, in the photo gallery here : our list of the greatest law novels ever.

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What? Where’s In Cold Blood?

There were a lot of great books that didn’t make our list of “The 25 Greatest Law Novels Ever,” and Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood was one of them. In Cold Blood was a seminal contribution to the true-crime genre, but it wasn’t a novel. It was written with all the narrative conventions of a work of fiction—and received some defiant votes from our judges—but it was too deeply identified as journalism to be considered for our list. And there are some truly great novels about the origin and role of laws in society that shouldn’t go unmentioned. Darkness At Noon by the great Hungarian novelist Arthur Koestler, about the 1930s Moscow show trials, is certainly one. Then there’s The Book of Daniel, E.L. Doctorow’s 1971 masterpiece based on the Julius and Ethel Rosenberg trial. And Z, the Kafkaesque 1967 novel by Vassilis Vassilikos about a judge investigating a political murder. Or James Gould Cozzens’ By Love Possessed, a highly acclaimed lawyer novel that sat atop the New York Times best-seller list in 1957 until it was supplanted by Anatomy of a Murder.

Some of our judges felt so strongly about their choices that they’ve written short essays:

Peter Orner: Benito Cereno, by Herman Melville
Thane Rosenbaum: Bleak House, by Charles Dickens
David Lat: Defending Jacob, by William Landay
Michelle Zierler: In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
Roz Myers: The Just and the Unjust, by James Cozzens


MEET THE JUDGES

Benjamin Brafman is the principal of Brafman & Associates in New York City and specializes in criminal law with an emphasis on white-collar criminal defense. He has represented a wide range of high-profile celebrities, business leaders, lawyers and other professionals in significant criminal cases throughout the country.

Denny Chin is a judge for the New York City-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He served as a judge for the Southern District of New York from 1994 through 2010, and presided over cases involving, for example, Megan’s Law, the Million Youth March, Al Franken’s use of the phrase “Fair and Balanced” in the title of a book, the Naked Cowboy, the Google Books settlement, the United Nations Oil for Food Program, an Afghan warlord charged with conspiring to import heroin, and the guilty plea and sentencing of financier Bernard L. Madoff.

Susana Darwin is a lawyer who serves as executive editor of ABA Business Law Section book publishing. She has been active in politics for more than 25 years and currently focuses on the quality and diversity of Illinois’ judiciary as a member of the executive committee of Cook County’s Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening. Darwin is also a filmmaker, having recently completed the narrative short film Hatboxes , which she wrote and directed.

Daniel J. Kornstein is a founding partner of Kornstein Veisz Wexler & Pollard in New York City. Kornstein is a graduate of Yale Law School, a past president of the Law and Humanities Institute and past chair of the Committee on Law and Literature of the New York County Lawyers Association. He has published seven nonfiction books and numerous articles about law.

David Lat is the founder of Above the Law , a legal news website, and the author of a forthcoming novel, Supreme Ambitions (ABA Flagship).

Jon Malysiak is an executive editor for the Flagship imprint of ABA Publishing, the book publishing division of the American Bar Association. During his 16-year career in publishing, he has worked in a variety of editorial capacities including owning his own literary agency where he represented a variety of authors to top publishers. When Jon isn’t acquiring new projects or editing manuscripts, he is busy launching the production of his first play, Children of Privilege, which is scheduled to debut this fall.

Michael P. Maslanka practices employment law in Dallas. He also writes a column called the Literate Lawyer.

Roz Myers, J.D., M.A., teaches at John Jay College of Criminal Justice on subjects related to jurisprudence, crime victimization, restorative justice, and the moral gap between justice and law. As a writer and editor, she has served for more than 17 years as the managing editor and legal columnist for journals published by Civic Research Institute, and her work in other areas of law has appeared in publications by West, Matthew Bender, and other major legal publishers. She is a doctoral candidate at The Graduate Center of CUNY, focusing on hate crimes and responsive legislation.

Peter Orner is the author of the just published new story collection, Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge (Little, Brown, 2013) as well as two novels, The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo and Love and Shame and Love. Orner’s first book, Esther Stories won the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Orner is also the editor of two non-fiction books, Underground America, about immigration, and Hope Deferred, set in Zimbabwe. Orner has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and holds a JD from Northeastern University. Currently, Orner is a Professor at San Francisco State University. He lives in Bolinas, California.

Herman Palarz is a Los Angles trial lawyer and an avid reader. Palarz is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Law, a past-president of the Beverly Hills Bar Association and a member of the ABA’s Screening Committee for the Silver Gavel Awards.

Thane Rosenbaum is a novelist, essayist and law professor at Fordham University, where he is director of the Forum on Law, Culture & Society. He also is the editor of Law Lit: From Atticus Finch to The Practice: A Collection of Great Writing About the Law. Rosenbaum’s favorite stage play is Macbeth.

Paul Washington is senior vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary of Time Warner Inc. A graduate of Fordham Law School, Washington clerked for Judge David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and for U.S. Supreme Court Justices William J. Brennan Jr. and David H. Souter. He is an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School and serves on the boards of several cultural, civic and professional nonprofit organizations.

Ralph Weber is a Milwaukee trial lawyer who has tried many multi-week trials in diverse subject areas during his 30-year career. He has taught Trial Advocacy at Marquette University Law School for more than 15 years and created The Trial Science Institute, a jury research facility. Weber also co-edited the best-selling Dear Americans: Letters from the Desk of Ronald Reagan (Doubleday, 2003).

Michelle Zierler’s legal career has included stints at Miramax Films, Canal+ (in Paris) and Playboy Entertainment. A graduate of New York University’s law school, she is the director of program in Law and Journalism and professor of legal writing at New York Law School and an avid patron of the arts.

25 Greatest Law Novels Ever

Foreword

Graphics by Brenan Sharp.

The ABA Journal has been exploring a fascinating romance between lawyers and popular culture. We’ve traced this connection through films and plays and television , and the conclusion is inescapable: Not only do lawyers seem to love pop culture; pop culture seems to love lawyers back.

But this year we’re raising the bar. We’ve attempted to survey the world of literature to find the best portrayals of lawyers and the law. Our panel picked their personal favorites. Their choices defined for us the top 25 legal novels (actually 26, as you’ll see—there was a tie!).

These are stories that have endured for years or decades, or even generations. Many of them are familiar; some of them, less so. Among them are stories of life and death, courage and betrayal, loyalty and honor, revenge and redemption—in other words, human existence.

See also:

The 25 Greatest Legal Movies

The 25 Greatest Legal TV Shows

The 25 Greatest Fictional Lawyers (Who Are Not Atticus Finch)

The Theater’s 12 Greatest Courtroom Dramas

30 Lawyers Pick 30 Books Every Lawyer Should Read

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    • From cliches to banalities and bizarre word usages, here’s why I’m still cranky about language
    • From run-on sentences to split infinitives, here’s why I’m cranky about language
    • A call to deal with impostor syndrome, a hidden source of attorney distress

    Articles and commentary …


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    Podcasts

    • Asked and Answered
      Confronting confusion in the wake of #MeToo
    • The Modern Law Library
      How sports lawyer turned a love for athletics into a career
    • Legal Rebels
      Make room for chatbots at your firm, LawDroid founder says

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    Cybersecurity and the law
    • What do AI, blockchain and GDPR mean for cybersecurity?
    • As state actors continue to wage cyberwar on the United States, they have a powerful ally—gaps and ambiguities in the law
    • Any piece of technology that stores information could be compromised—even obsolete devices that get thrown out with the garbage

    A guide for legal practitioners …


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    Essays on judicial independence
    • Does a diverse bench really matter?
    • Judicial independence needs to be protected from both internal and external threats
    • Can our independent judiciary survive the politicized criticism leveled against it?

    Online series …

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