Interestingly, not all lawyers who are writing fiction and
nonfiction books independent of their chosen profession are trying
to become the next John Grisham or Scott Turow. Those who write
fiction and true-crime novels are possessed by the basic human urge
to tell a story. Others delve into scholarly or historical themes
that have relevance to today's crucial issues, such as civil rights
and the treatment of detainees.
Associate Justice Ralph D. Gants' first year on the Supreme
Judicial Court hasn't left him much free time. He likens it to a
different kind of footrace than his 11 years of service as a
Superior Court judge. "The Superior Court is more of a fast jog
with occasional sprints. This job is much more of a sprint-jog
cycle," he says.
Gants and his six fellow justices, adhering to a 2010-11
schedule set up in advance, sprint to prepare for sitting week,
which occurs at the beginning of every month, and again during the
two- to three-week period in which they write their cases, and then
again as they prepare edits of each other's cases before a midweek
consultation. Lawyers Journal caught him in a recent
The final House of Delegates meeting of the 2009-10 year
featured an address by Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray, the presentation
of the Daniel F. Toomey Award to Judge Dina Fein and changes to the
MBA bylaws. The meeting was held May 19 at the Dedham Hilton.
Also, it was the first time the president's gavel was passed
from one woman to another, from President Valerie A. Yarashus to
President-elect Denise Squillante.