A novel about a serial shoplifter (Alexandria) who wants the Grievance Committee to discipline her court-appointed lawyer for tricking her into sexual relations. His defense counsel claims her made-up charges are spite from a broken love affair and he argues that Texas lawyers are not prohibited from sexual relations with clients.
As the case moves through the secret lawyer disciplinary system in San Antonio, Texas, Alexandra–with the help of her patron Saint–discovers two other women with similar experiences with the accused lawyer and convinces them to also file grievance complaints. With his defense counsel’s tactics and with the help of the accused lawyer’s parish priest’s threats to one of the women, the accused lawyer appears to be winning as the case heads for a jury trial before a judge with something to hide.
About the Author: Frank R. Southers is well-qualified to write about the Texas Lawyer Disciplinary System, having served in San Antonio on the Grievance Committee for 10 years, and since that time has represented accused lawyers, complainants, and witnesses. He was an Adjunct Professor of Law for 20 years at St. Mary’s University School of Law; co-authored a legal treatise on Workers’ Compensation; and has written many legal articles covering topics such as Evidence, Trial Practice, Medical Malpractice, Mediation, Legal Malpractice, Personal Injury, and Grievance Law. He has now turned to fiction writing. “The Grievance Committee–Book One” is his first in the series. He now lives in Austin, Texas.
Reviews: This is an excellent book that is detailed and accurate with regard to what happens on a grievance committee. As an attorney member and Chairman for many years, it was very compelling. I think I liked it best because it didn’t portray people who, by law, could not do what they’d like to do to help someone as villains, but victims almost themselves, of a system that was in many ways deeply flawed. It is hard for me to tell if someone not familiar with the system would like the book as much as I did, but I tend to think they may like it even better.
Frank R. Southers delivers a legal thriller that has you hooked in the first few chapters, with a compelling story that leaves you craving for more at the end. The author’s expertise as an attorney, who served on the San Antonio Grievance Committee ten years, creates colorful characters in this suspenseful story as they come to life. The author highlights the true meaning of discipline, and the golden steps of the entire court process. “THE GRIEVANCE COMMITTEE” is as intriguing as The Firm, as dramatic as Presumed Innocent, and as entertaining as Disclosure. Highly recommended!
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