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Aspen Publishers Offers New Title for New Lawyers – Beyond the Big Firm: Profiles of Lawyers Who Want Something More

New Aspen title is a distinctive book exploring the many possibilities open to law school graduates interested in alternative career choices

Aspen Publishers has announced the publication of Beyond the Big Firm: Profiles of Lawyers Who Want Something More, a distinctive book exploring the many possibilities open to law school graduates interested in alternative career choices. Aspen Publishers, part of the Wolters Kluwer Law & Business group, is a leading information provider for legal and business professionals and law students (
“Beyond the Big Firm challenges traditional assumptions about the range of possibilities available to law school graduates,” said Jennifer Armstrong, marketing director for Aspen Publishers’ legal education group. “It serves as an invaluable resource, exposing readers to a variety of options while providing insight on how to achieve career goals.”

Informative Content, Personal Experiences
Beyond the Big Firm fills a major information void for those interested in a career outside the typical large, corporate law firm. This informative title features more than 30 compelling profiles of lawyers whose choices have led them to follow nontraditional careers in law, in a wide range of subject areas, practice setting and work types. Lawyers profiled have been out of law school for 10-15 years, represent 18 law schools and work in 15 states.
This invaluable resource allows law school students, recent graduates or anyone considering law school to:

  • Learn from the experiences of lawyers working in civil rights, civil liberties, immigration, employment, environmental, personal injury and human rights law;
  • Learn about working in civil and criminal litigation from prosecutors and defense counsel; and
  • Explore the opportunities for advocacy and other work in government, for non-profit organizations as well as small private law firms.

In addition, Beyond the Big Firm includes a special resource chapter to help readers determine and follow their career choice; three mini-profiles of lawyers who are not practicing law but whose work relies heavily on their legal training; and short essays by current and former Stanford Law School deans, Professor Larry Kramer and Professor Kathleen Sullivan.

About the Editors
Regarded as one of the most respected lawyers to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court, Alan B. Morrison has worked for over 30 years in the public interest engaging in a wide range of law reform litigation and has brought cases to trial in areas affecting the separation of powers, the legal profession and the control of federal regulatory agencies, among others. He is a member and past president of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and an elected member of the American Law Institute. Morrison joined the Stanford Law School faculty in 2004. Prior to this, Professor Morrison was the director of Public Citizen Litigation Group, the Washington, D.C.-based consumer rights advocacy group he co-founded with Ralph Nader in 1972, and an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. He has taught at New York University Law School, Harvard Law School and the University of Hawaii.
Diane T. Chin is a leading public interest lawyer and associate director for the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Law. Prior to this, Chin served as director of Stanford’s Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law since 2003. At Stanford, Chin developed a successful and highly regarded public service program that integrates the practical aspects of working with students with the intellectual and academic pursuits involved in public interest education. The program, which serves as a model for other law schools, brings under one roof such disparate elements of social justice training as career services, speaker series and specialized curriculum.
Previously, Chin served as executive director of Chinese for Affirmative Action for five years, and as senior trial attorney for the San Francisco Police Commission Office of Citizen Complaints between 1996 and 1998. As director of the Racial Violence Project and a staff attorney for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 1990s, Chin represented individual victims of hate violence and worked with police departments to develop the tools and skills necessary for effective investigation of hate crimes.

For More Information
For more information or to order Beyond the Big Firm: Profiles of Lawyers Who Want Something More, call 800-950-5259, click here or visit Price is $28.95 (softcover, 300 pages).

About Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
Wolters Kluwer Law & Business is a leading provider of research products and software solutions in key specialty areas for legal and business professionals, as well as casebooks and study aids for law students. Its major product lines include Aspen Publishers, CCH, Kluwer Law International and Loislaw. Its markets include law firms, law schools, corporate counsel and professionals requiring legal and compliance information. Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, a unit of Wolters Kluwer, is based in New York City and Riverwoods, Ill.