Monday, January 23, 2017

Twelve Tables Press to Launch Law Firms & Legends Series


Every law firm has a hidden history.  Did you know that the landmark gay rights case Lawrence v. Texas 539 U.S. 558 (2003) was litigated by Jenner & Block's and Lambda's Legal Board Co-Chair Paul M. Smith? 

In a world of tweets and blogs one  new legal publisher Twelve Tables Press is launching a rather contrarian  project by publishing books  (yes I mean  – paper pages sewn together between two covers )  which tell the story of how leading firms and their members became  legends and influenced the development of the  law and the legal profession.  This series will be similar to their  Leaders in Law, which features leading Judges and Attorneys. The first book of that series Breaking New Ground  focuses on a civil rights lawyer, educator and jurist: Senior District Judge Thelton E. Henderson, of the Northern District of California. Steve Errick's Twelve Tables Press is preparing to  develop a new series called Law Firms & Legends.

Law Firms & Legends  is a hardcover  and e-book series which will focus on the top 100 ALM law firms and capture the stories of the founders and leaders of each firm. Every law firm will  be able to recount the unique role that the firm has played in shaping US law, social and political history. According to  Errick the mission of Twelve  Tables Press is to “showcase the compelling stories, the will and fight of individual lawyers, law firms and judges bringing positive attention to the craft of lawyering and the lawyers who have made a difference in United States legal jurisprudence."  The Twelve Tables imprint refers to the 12 bronze tablets on which the earliest Roman codes were inscribed.

Beyond The Marketing Profile. Each law  firm will have the opportunity to tell  eight  to  twelve in-depth stories on the history of their firm. These stories will be published in a single volume e-book and hard cover expected to be 200 to 350 pages each. Each title is designed to appeal to students and lawyers,  legal history fans and legal scholars, and of course to firms showcasing their history to clients. The series is positioned to have a wide appeal  because each volume will highlight the thought leaders and practitioners  in America's most prestigious law firms and will tell an important story about the evolution of legal practice in the US.  The series will be marketed to all law libraries, colleges, law firm libraries, Amazon and other book distribution platforms and partnerships.
 
Legal Publishing Pro Steven Errick,  the publisher of the series has an extraordinarily deep and successful career in legal publishers. His resume reads like a “Who’s who”  of major legal US publishers. He has been an executive at Lexis Nexis, CCH Wolters Kluwer, Aspen legal Education, Foundation Press (West publishing) and Warren Gorham & Lamont.

No Robots Just Real Lawyers While members of the legal profession will remain active participants in social media data streams, the  time may be right for law firms to offer a more focused and deeper examination of their unique histories, especially as law schools fight  decreasing student enrollments and firms fight for the best and brightest students among a smaller graduating pool. ALM 100  law firms have argued cases before the US Supreme Court, invented new forms of corporate structure, helped write  constitutions and legislation, provided leadership in social reform movements and invented new forms of legal practice. As the legal profession continues to be buffeted by financial and technological forces,  this series will offer a sober reflection on the women, men and firms who  are still the key drivers in the transformation of American law and jurisprudence.
 
For more information you can contact Steve Errick at: steven.errick@twelvetablespress.com.

 

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