Unbillable Hours: A True Story
Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub
Publisher: Electric Avenue Publishing
Publication Date: 2014-07-25
Number of Pages: 256
Website: Amazon, LibraryThing, Google Books, Goodreads
Synopsis from Amazon:
The story-part memoir, part hard-hitting expose-of a first-year law associate negotiating the arduous path through a system designed to break those who enter it before it makes them. Landing a job at a prestigious L.A. law firm, complete with a six figure income, signaled the beginning of the good life for Ian Graham. But the harsh reality of life as an associate quickly became evident. The work was grueling and boring, the days were impossibly long, and Graham's sole purpose was to rack up billable hours. But when he took an unpaid pro bono case to escape the drudgery, Graham found the meaning in his work that he'd been looking for. As he worked to free Mario Rocha, a gifted young Latino who had been wrongly convicted at 16 and sentenced to life without parole, the shocking contrast between the greed and hypocrisy of law firm life and Mario's desperate struggle for freedom led Graham to look long and hard at his future as a corporate lawyer. Clear-eyed and moving, written with the drama and speed of a John Grisham novel and the personal appeal of Scott Turow's account of his law school years, Unbillable Hours is an arresting personal story with implications for all of us.
GoodReads Author Information:
Author Name: Ian Graham
Author Description: After working as an in-house journalist and editor in consumer electronics magazines, Ian Graham became a freelance writer. He has written more than 230 illustrated non-fiction books for children and teens, and contributed chapters to books including Dorling Kindersley's Know it All and Big Ideas that Changed the World. He has a degree in applied physics and a postgraduate diploma in journalism.
Author URL: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/48594
members and that their gang monikers were Pee Wee (Guzman) and Cartoon (Rivera). He said nothing about Mario. Not a single witness testified that Mario was a gang member or was involved in the hitting-up incident or the fight that preceded the shootings. So far, the prosecution’s own witnesses appeared to be exonerating Mario. The only evidence implicating Mario came from three witnesses. Bryan Villalobos, a Cathedral High School student, testified that he had picked Mario out of a sixteen-pack
young Latino man who had been convicted of murder three years earlier. The nun was sure he was innocent. Belinda told Bob what Janet had told her about Mario and asked if Bob would meet with Janet and at least listen to her story. Perhaps Latham might take the case pro bono. Bob Long was skeptical. In addition to being a rainmaker bringing in big-fee cases for the firm, he was also one of Latham’s hardest-working attorneys, billing close to 3,000 hours a year and spending hundreds more hours
mean, yes. It’s the truth.” After more than four months of getting doors slammed in his face, Aldo had finally gotten his breakthrough: Laurie’s statement contradicted Padilla’s trial testimony that he was standing in front of the tarp, on the street side, when the first shots were fired. According to Padilla, after hearing the shots, people began fleeing down the driveway, knocking the tarp down. To avoid being trampled, he said he’d stepped to the side, close to the house. From there, he saw
in the usual course of business read and review a communication such as this, how can you be sure that these “Quite a stretch” comments are not yours? WITNESS: [with visible agitation] Because that just isn’t a term I use, “Quite a stretch.” I don’t think I’ve ever used that expression; it’s just not something I say. PARTNER: Is that the only reason you are sure these comments are not yours? WITNESS: I suppose so, yes. PARTNER: I’d like to hand you now what I will mark as Defense Exhibit 46.
was no longer at Latham, we stayed involved in Mario’s case, assisting two criminal defense attorneys, Mike Adelson and Joe Gutierrez, who were volunteering their services pro bono to help prepare for the retrial. Latham & Watkins continued to support Mario’s case, paying for the services of a private detective for Adelson and Gutierrez. Finally, on October 28, 2008, Bobby Grace announced to a crowded courtroom that the state was dropping all charges against Mario Rocha because they were “unable