Sunday, July 26, 2009


Trial Lawyer Skyrocket

Like a good courtroom adventure book with a fascinating protagonist trial lawyer? Then you’ll probably like Convictions, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, NY (2008), which just came out in paperback.

As a career prosecutor (27 years in the King County Prosecutor’s Office in Seattle) I appreciate a good war story about trial work, and Kroger tells terrific tales about his trial experiences when he served as an Assistant United States Attorney. As a rookie with no trial experience, he was assigned to a high profile case. Success in that case led to a succession of major trials. He prosecutes mafia murderers, major drug dealers and was picked to do part of the Enron case, even after he resigned.

Reflecting on what he accomplished, the truly astonishing fact is that Kroger’s tenure as an AUSA lasted merely from 1997 through 2003. The book ends with him working as a Professor at Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon and pondering whether to run to become the Attorney General for Oregon. Of course he won and you can visit his AG website. Let’s hope he keeps writing.

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