May it Please the Court
A Lawyer's War Stories
read ... Recommended ... 4.5 stars
With a Table of Contents bearing
titles 'Secrets of Jury Selection,' 'The Foot Soldier's Law School,'
'Endangered Species,' 'Mollie,' and 'Judge Given' writer Kessler
offeres a series of twenty anecdotes comprising some of the varied
experiences Kessler experiences as a personal injury lawyer.
Kessler recounts in 'Zargon' his needing to find a job: his student
loan was about to go into default and finding a job was imperative.
With his resume tendered and interview to begin Kessler wasn't
too sure just what to expect. Meeting with the taciturn Fineas
Pearl was not all that Kessler hoped for. For one thing the salary
offered was $15,000 a year, and even for the year it was pretty
low. Kessler was sent next to talk with Robert Zargon; a man
about whom Kessler knew nothing. Later he learned that Zargon
was 'the' personal injury lawyer of the day. Kessler learned
most of the Zargon associates lasted a year or two. Kessler found
the job to be a rugged one: Zargon was a tough taskmaster, he
expected devotion in exchange he taught and trained and challenged
his young lawyers to become the best they could be. Kessler stayed
for three years before moving on.
On the pages of "May it
Please the Court" Kessler offers a appealing peep into the
excitable ups and downs that a personal injury lawyer faces while
offering the reader opportunity to gain a better awareness of
how the courts really work. Written in a coherent, readable manner
Kessler's reminiscences and examples of the various methods,
people, cases and matters he has dealt with over the years "May
it Please the Court" is a pleasant break from the often
usual fare offered for an afternoon read.
On any given day there are thousands
of cases awaiting in courts. Most are predictable standard fare
individual drama play out before
zealous juries who may be the only occupants in the courts save
the judge and other officials and a handful of people waiting
for the trial to resolve. Most times, for most cases the rows
of courtroom seats are empty save for the parties to the case
itself. Few cases heard in the courts garner the type of interest
engendered by a nationwide grabber in which a sports star or
other celebrity is taken before a jury. "May it Please the
Court" offers a glimpse into some of these routine, but
highly interesting cases.
Writer Kessler is a personal
injury lawyer offering a glimpse into some of his triumphs both
in and out of the courtroom and of his personal struggle against
some of the wrongs of our imperfect society. His job is to speak
for those who cannot always speak for themselves. "May it
Please the Court" offers powerful tales involving random
acts of violence, falsified police reports, incorrect autopsy
reports, prescription drugs providing tragic side effects, consequence
of reckless drivers as you glimpse into the world our nation's
Fine book for an evening read
when the kids are in bed and the house is quiet.