I suppose I am biased, but I can guarantee that this new book by my friend Dean King will be a great read. It will soon be on my pile of books to be read.
That pile seems to be growing larger. Sometimes, I vow that I will buy no more books until the backlog gets reduced. Maybe once or twice, I have actually followed through - for a month at most.
All my life I have been a fairly voracious reader. No one would accuse me of being disciplined about it, although I have a longstanding fascination with all things Russian.
Right now, I am reading Jon Meacham’s new biography of Lincoln. It’s great.
My proclivity for books helps me as a trial lawyer. While I focus on medical malpractice cases, every matter involves understanding human nature, interactions and circumstances. My reading gives me insight - often surprising ones. You could call it indirect continuing legal education, although I confess my primary intent is pleasure.
In various contexts, I have heard it said that the best lawyers have a driving curiosity. I agree. There’s more, however. Part of being curious is an openness to seeing things differently. From curiosity and openness, creativity flows. And I think the very best trial lawyers are the most creative ones.
Coming back to Dean’s book, have I ever thought much about John Muir? Honestly, no. However, I will read it and likely come away with unexpected insights. My curiosity will be triggered.
In the law, you can never stop learning.
That’s true of life in general. Obviously.