The following paper includes a brief presentation of the book Becoming a Lawyer Discovering and Defining Your Professional Persona, by Dean Tony Jaeger-Fine.
1. About the Author
Tony Jaeger-Fine is an Assistant Dean at Fordham Law School.
She has taught or lectured domestically and in Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Peru, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan and Vietnam.
Dean Jaeger-Fine is author of numerous articles on a wide range of topics published in the United States and abroad, as well as several books: American Legal System: A Resource and Reference Guide; An Introduction to the Anglo-American Legal System (which has been translated into Italian, Korean and Portuguese); The U.S. LLM: From Whether to When, What, Where and How and Mastering the U.S. Legal System.
She is a regular speaker to delegations hosted by the U.S. Department of State, Senior Counsellor to the International Section of the Federal Bar Association and an application reader for the Schwarzman Scholars program.
Previously, Dean Jaeger-Fine served as associate director of the global law programme at NYU School of Law.
She was twice a Fulbright Senior Specialist Program grant recipient and Legal Education for Foreign Lawyers of the Association of American Law Schools.
Dean Jaeger-Fine was associated the law firm of Crowell & Moring in Washington, D.C., where her practice focused on commercial, appellate and administrative litigation.
She is a cum laude graduate of Duke Law School and received her B.A. from Harpur College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
As for her academic experiences, she was first at The George Washington Law School (two years as an adjunct professor), followed by the New York University Law School (seven years), Cardozo School of Law (six years) and finally Fordham University School of Law (12 years so far and continuing).
2. The Aim of the Book
The book “Becoming a Lawyer Discovering and Defining Your Professional Persona” offers a handful guide mostly addressed to lawyers wishing to start and develop their careers. In order to reach such an aim, the Author gives hints and practical examples of the attitudes and the very mind-sets useful to adopt to make one’s own legal professional persona emerge.
The Author quotes law professionals’ opinions and witnesses, as well as psychological theories and behavioural studies supporting the suggestions contained in the book. At instance, the text enshrines quotes from partners from Bakers & McKenzie, Clearly Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Freshfields Bruchaus Deringer, Skadden, Arps, Spate, Meagher & Flom and White & Case; from the chief legal officers of the Human Rights Foundation, The Interpublic Group, and Morgan Stanley; from a judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and the Deans of Fordham Law School.
3. Contents of the Book