Author’s note

Author’s Note
I practiced law for almost twenty years and, like most lawyers, learned it is a very
difficult way to make a living, especially for those in small firms or those practicing on
their own. It is a constant grind to get clients and then, convince them to pay you. It is a
tough life even for those lawyers in large, well established firms where the pay is regular
and good. Basically, you become a slave to the firm. Little wonder polls consistently
show that 50% of all lawyers would rather do something else.
I have read many novels about lawyers, courtrooms and legal dramas. With the
exception of a very small number, almost all of them left me wondering if the author had
ever been in a courtroom? Ever actually represented a live, human client with a real legal
problem? And, most importantly, ever tried to make a living at it? I doubt many have.
When I set out to write my first book, The Key to Justice, my main purpose was to
write a book about a lawyer and the struggles of the practice of law as it really is. How
unglamorous it actually is and the simple truth that few lawyers get rich from it. While it
is a tough way to make a living, being a lawyer can also be very interesting, challenging
and, at times, quite rewarding.
Dennis Carstens