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July 26, 2019

New ABA book is updated with essential advice for new law graduates and associates

CHICAGO, July 26, 2019 — The recently published American Bar Association book, The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Practicing Law” is a must-have resource for new law graduates and associates entering the world of Big Law. Author and attorney Mark Herrmann shares both his insight and “The Curmudgeon’s” advice on how to work efficiently to build a long, successful career. 

This updated release includes everything an associate will need to know for their first day on the job. “The Curmudgeon” candidly shares what partners are looking for in your writing, your depositions and your overall performance at the firm – and he doesn’t hold back. Chapter titles include How to Fail as an Associate, The Curmudgeon’s Law Dictionary and The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Building a Practice. 

Filled with humor and useful knowledge for beginning a career in law, “The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Practicing Law” is a compact, comprehensive guide on how to be an effective law firm associate. 

The Curmudgeon is, of course, a figment of Herrmann’s imagination. Herrmann himself is not quite as old and nasty as you might think after reading this book. He graduated from Princeton University in 1979 and the University of Michigan Law School in 1983. After graduation, he clerked for Judge Dorothy W. Nelson in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Herrmann practiced at Steinhart & Falconer in San Francisco from 1984-89, then moved to Cleveland and joined the law firm Jones Day, where he was a partner when he wrote the original edition of this book. Herrmann is now the deputy general counsel of Aon plc. 

This book was published in conjunction with the Section of Litigation.    

Title:                The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Practicing Law
Publisher:        ABA Publishing
Pages:             160
Product Code: 5310467
ISBN:               9781641054348
Size:                5 x 7, Paperback and eBook
Price:               $37.95
Orders:            800-285-2221 or 
Editor’s note: Author interviews and review copies of this book are available by emailing Brandon Wilhelm at [email protected]. If you publish a review of this book, please send tear sheets or a copy for our files to Brandon Wilhelm, ABA Book Publishing, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.

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