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Keeping it Civil

This book shows how today’s cultural conflicts are played out in the lives of ordinary families in true-life cases that involve love, money, sex, betrayal, and power.

Lisa Scottoline

New York Times bestselling author of Eternal

An excellent, non-technical crash course on how and why lawyers do what they do…substantive yet accessible enough to appeal to both law students and clients alike, this book accomplishes an admirable goal: to foreground the humanity in the halls of justice.

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Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

With wit and emotional drive, a family lawyer sensitively reveals the changing laws regarding marriage in the modern era. Forget cumbersome legal terminology and stale prose: Klaw makes law seem exciting…Klaw’s book reminds readers that nothing about law is impersonal. Instead, human emotion remains the glue of the legal system, societal norms, and family law.

Lisa Bower

ForeWord Reviews

Conversational, entertaining…informative and smart…an accessible description of an intricate field of law, examined in an open-hearted style.

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Kirkus Reviews

With a lawyer’s mind and a writer’s heart, Klaw brings a deeper understanding of the way cultural attitudes about sex, money, women and relationships influence the law–and vice versa. Keeping It Civil grants access to Klaw’s most intriguing cases, exploring today’s hot button issues through the lens of ordinary people seeking counsel.

Philadelphia Tribune

Keeping It Civil offers a dishy behind-the-scenes look at family law, which takes place at “the vortex of marriage, divorce, parenthood, sex, money, love, anger, betrayal, sexual orientation, reproductive technology, and the rapidly shifting legal landscape on which it all plays out.” Interested yet? This fascinating book offers readers a front-row seat to all the drama…Klaw’s legal expertise and her warmheartedness…make this book so approachable—and her terrific prose doesn’t hurt, either. I especially recommend this for book groups, where discussions about these ethical and legal dilemmas will no doubt be spirited.

Kelly Blewett

Bookpage

If only more professionals could squirrel away moments in their work schedule to reflect and break things down into layman’s terms, perhaps we might have a clearer understanding as to what it is these people actually do. That’s a pretty tall order, and not many writers have achieved it. As for Ms. Klaw, I will never again view divorce attorneys in quite the same way.

Sandi Hansen

Reading for the Masses

Refreshing, honest, smart, accessible…You don’t have to be pre-law, contemplating divorce, trying to write a pre-nup, or fighting for custody to read, enjoy, or learn from Klaw’s Keeping it Civil. Klaw, who is also a blogger, knows how to tell a story; each is told well and perfectly paced. But perhaps more importantly, Klaw’s Keeping it Civil isn’t just about family court—it’s about family—mothers, fathers, children, spouses, partners—even pets.

Catherine Ramsdell

Popmatters

Author and Pennsylvania “Super Lawyer” Margaret Klaw shares her cases with excitement, energy, and compassion here…That makes this an easy book to jump into, one that will hold your interest throughout, and one that’s over, sadly, altogether too soon.

Terri Schlichenmeyer

The Bookworm Sez

Keeping it Civil is about family law in all of its deliciously private and remarkable nuances.

Mary-Kate Breslin

The Philadelphia Lawyer

A good writer as well as a good lawyer, Ms. Klaw takes us into a rich variety of the cases she has worked, putting us in touch with feelings of love, loss and desperation of her clients…an interesting peek into the life-altering events that take place in courtrooms every day all over America, this is thought-provoking and insightful stuff.

Vicki Goode

The Goode Word

Klaw writes in a chatty, easy-to-read way about the legal and emotional complexity of the work, engaging the reader with her humor and insights into this particularly volatile area of the law.

Deborah Wald

California Lawyer

Green Bag Almanac & Reader 2013 Honoree for Exemplary Legal Writing

The National Women’s Political Caucus Exceptional Merit in Media Awards 2014 Nominee

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Keeping it Civil

Green Bag Almanac & Reader 2013 Honoree for Exemplary Legal Writing

The National Women’s Political Caucus Exceptional Merit in Media Awards 2014 Nominee

An excellent, non-technical crash course on how and why lawyers do what they do…substantive yet accessible enough to appeal to both law students and clients alike, this book accomplishes an admirable goal: to foreground the humanity in the halls of justice.

Read Full Review

Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

Conversational, entertaining…informative and smart…an accessible description of an intricate field of law, examined in an open-hearted style.

Read Full Review

Kirkus Reviews

With a lawyer’s mind and a writer’s heart, Klaw brings a deeper understanding of the way cultural attitudes about sex, money, women and relationships influence the law–and vice versa. Keeping It Civil grants access to Klaw’s most intriguing cases, exploring today’s hot button issues through the lens of ordinary people seeking counsel.

Philadelphia Tribune

Keeping It Civil offers a dishy behind-the-scenes look at family law, which takes place at “the vortex of marriage, divorce, parenthood, sex, money, love, anger, betrayal, sexual orientation, reproductive technology, and the rapidly shifting legal landscape on which it all plays out.” Interested yet? This fascinating book offers readers a front-row seat to all the drama…Klaw’s legal expertise and her warmheartedness…make this book so approachable—and her terrific prose doesn’t hurt, either. I especially recommend this for book groups, where discussions about these ethical and legal dilemmas will no doubt be spirited.

Kelly Blewett

Bookpage

This book shows how today’s cultural conflicts are played out in the lives of ordinary families in true-life cases that involve love, money, sex, betrayal, and power.

Lisa Scottoline

New York Times bestselling author of Eternal

With wit and emotional drive, a family lawyer sensitively reveals the changing laws regarding marriage in the modern era. Forget cumbersome legal terminology and stale prose: Klaw makes law seem exciting…Klaw’s book reminds readers that nothing about law is impersonal. Instead, human emotion remains the glue of the legal system, societal norms, and family law.

Lisa Bower

ForeWord Reviews

If only more professionals could squirrel away moments in their work schedule to reflect and break things down into layman’s terms, perhaps we might have a clearer understanding as to what it is these people actually do. That’s a pretty tall order, and not many writers have achieved it. As for Ms. Klaw, I will never again view divorce attorneys in quite the same way.

Sandi Hansen

Reading for the Masses

Refreshing, honest, smart, accessible…You don’t have to be pre-law, contemplating divorce, trying to write a pre-nup, or fighting for custody to read, enjoy, or learn from Klaw’s Keeping it Civil. Klaw, who is also a blogger, knows how to tell a story; each is told well and perfectly paced. But perhaps more importantly, Klaw’s Keeping it Civil isn’t just about family court—it’s about family—mothers, fathers, children, spouses, partners—even pets.

Catherine Ramsdell

Popmatters

Author and Pennsylvania “Super Lawyer” Margaret Klaw shares her cases with excitement, energy, and compassion here…That makes this an easy book to jump into, one that will hold your interest throughout, and one that’s over, sadly, altogether too soon.

Terri Schlichenmeyer

The Bookworm Sez

Keeping it Civil is about family law in all of its deliciously private and remarkable nuances.

Mary-Kate Breslin

The Philadelphia Lawyer

A good writer as well as a good lawyer, Ms. Klaw takes us into a rich variety of the cases she has worked, putting us in touch with feelings of love, loss and desperation of her clients…an interesting peek into the life-altering events that take place in courtrooms every day all over America, this is thought-provoking and insightful stuff.

Vicki Goode

The Goode Word

Klaw writes in a chatty, easy-to-read way about the legal and emotional complexity of the work, engaging the reader with her humor and insights into this particularly volatile area of the law.

Deborah Wald

California Lawyer

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