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Lawyers-turned-authors provide encouragement to would-be writers


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Lawyers-turned-authors provide encouragement to would-be writers

By Gabriel McIntosh

Three lawyers-turned-authors tell writers interested in following in their footsteps to persevere when told, “Don’t quit your day job.” They advise program attendees to “accept the fact that your first drafts are going to be horrible” and to “dedicate yourself to the craft” of writing during ”The Law as a Platform for Writing,” a program of the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.


Video includes:

  • David O. Stewart, lawyer at Ropes & Gray LLP in Washington, D.C., and winner of the 2013 History Prize of the Society of the Cincinnati, whose books include American Emperor, Impeachedand The Summer of 1787;
  • Marcia Clark, famed prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson murder trial who is now a crime novelist with a fiction series that includes Guilt by AssociationGuilt by Degrees and Killer Ambition; and
  • Sheldon Siegel, New York Times best-selling author of eight legal thrillers and lawyer at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP in San Francisco.