National Award-Winning Trial Lawyer and UConn Grad Publishes Crime Thriller
Mary Kane, a national award-winning trial lawyer, now retired in Tallahassee, has published Southern Justice, a crime thriller based upon her twenty-seven years of court room battles.
Ms. Kane was the first woman in the nation to be named a Life Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
In 1993, she was a co-recipient of the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award by the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice in Washington, D.C. The national award resulted from her representation of the plaintiffs, in a class action environmental case, in a low income neighborhood in Denver, Colorado.
During the Oklahoma City Bombing trial of Timothy McVeigh, Mary Kane provided commentary on national television for MSNBC and Tribune Broadcasting and for National Public Radio.
In 1987, she co-represented Bruce Pierce, a member of the white supremacist group based in Idaho known as "The Order.” Mr. Pierce was indicted in federal court in the shooting death of Denver radio talk show host Alan Berg. Ms. Kane has lectured nationally on trial tactics and has conducted trial skills workshops for practicing lawyers.
In Southern Justice, Ms. Kane’s rich experiences comes alive through her gutsy leading character, Kat James. Although Ms. James enjoys a successful criminal defense practice in a small city in the South, her Yankee upbringing is undeniable as she shares a frank, and sometimes humorous, perspective on lawyering.
After she accepts a judge’s request to represent a young, African-American boy charged as an adult with the robbery and murder of a local state trooper’s wife in an outlying, rural jurisdiction, the trial unfolds with gripping suspense and gritty realism.
Through Southern Justice, the reader experiences courtrooms and law offices with riveting authenticity, and faces truth as never before.