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Book Title: Keeping It Civil: The Case of the Pre-nup and the Porsche & Other True Accounts from the Files of a Family Lawyer|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 645 KB
v The author of the book: Margaret Klaw
Edition: Algonquin Books
Date of issue: September 24th 2013
ISBN 13: 9781616202392
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Read full description of the books Keeping It Civil: The Case of the Pre-nup and the Porsche & Other True Accounts from the Files of a Family Lawyer:Margaret Klaw loves what she does. She has been on the cutting edge of family law for more than twenty-five years, helping her clients navigate the legal system from prenuptial agreements to divorce to child custody. In those years, she has witnessed her field change at a dizzying pace as the definition of family has expanded. We now have same-sex marriage, open adoption, and reproductive technologies that spread out the components of parenthood among multiple people, including egg donors, sperm donors, and gestational carriers.
With a lawyer's mind and a writer's heart, Klaw lets us in on her most intriguing cases, exploring today's hot-button issues through the lens of ordinary people seeking counsel. For example, when a father sues for custody because his ex-wife sends their son to school in slippers--how dare she!--we're offered an inside look into how a lawyer selects what is relevant when pleading a case and how a judge determines what makes a "good" parent. Klaw shows us how a case about prenuptial agreement can reveal much about the financial independence of women over the past few decades. When Klaw draws up a contract for a couple and their sperm donor, it's an opportunity to demonstrate how reproductive technology affects the parents, the child, and society. Attorneys and armchair lawyers alike will enjoy accompanying Klaw as she negotiates with opposing counsel, prepares witnesses for testimony, develops her courtroom strategy, argues her case, and keeps her clients in check.
Human beings are messy and complicated: we fall in love; we fall out of love; were sometimes vengeful and often honorable. In this emotionally rich and intellectually compelling book, Margaret Klaw reveals how the law reflects our most telling--and fascinating--cultural trends.
Read information about the authorThe official bio:
Margaret Klaw is a founding partner of Berner Klaw & Watson, an all-women law firm located in Center City, Philadelphia, dedicated exclusively to the practice of family law. Named by Martindale-Hubbell as a "Preeminent Woman Lawyer," she has also received the designation of Pennsylvania "Super Lawyer" in the area of family law for the past five years. Margaret has chaired both the Family Law Section and the Women's Rights Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and is currently an adjunct professor of family law at Temple University's Beasley School of Law. She speaks frequently on family law topics and writes for The Huffington Post, DailyWorth.com, and her own blog, FamilyLawUnraveled.com.
The unofficial bio:
I made my way to law school after dropping out of conservatory (violin) after two miserable years, studying political theory, and working as a waitress, a house painter, an office temp, and a counselor at a battered women’s shelter. While at the shelter, I had the opportunity to go to court as an advocate for the residents. The first time I stood up and spoke in a courtroom, I was hooked. Going to law school was one of the best decisions of my life; I’ve been happily practicing family law for over 28 years now, and I’ve never looked back.
In addition to my law practice and my writing, some things I love are reading, cooking, yoga, animals, music of all kinds, The New York Times, and Jon Stewart. I live in Philadelphia with my architect husband and spend as much time as possible with our two amazing daughters, who have happily migrated to Brooklyn.
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