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Joel Cohen and Carla T. Main to discuss “When a Client Lies” and their novel, Truth Be Veiled
8/10, 6-7 PM: Joel Cohen/Carla T. Main sign copies of Truth Be Veiled: A Justin Steele Murder Case, and discuss “When a Client Lies.” Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, 180 Maiden Lane, NY, NY. Free. One Ethics NYX MCLE credit awarded to attys., 8/02/2010 - Seattle, WA.—On August 10, 2010, from 6-7 PM, Joel Cohen and Carla T. Main will be signing copies of their novel, Truth Be Veiled: A Justin Steele Murder Case (242 pp, $16.95/paper, $24.95/cloth, ISBN: 978-1-60381-080-7). The event, which features an Interactive Discussion on “When a Client Lies,” will take place in the conference room of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, 180 Maiden Lane, New York, New York 10038. Attendance is free. One Ethics NYX MCLE credit will be awarded to attorneys. RSVP to Yolanda Cintron at 212-806-5741 or

A woman falls from her fifteenth-story window ... was she pushed? Her husband, a high profile executive, stands accused of the murder. He is counting on renowned criminal lawyer Justin Steele to clear his name. But Justin suspects there is more to the story. What is the truth in this case, and how far does the law and personal conscience allow it to be concealed—or revealed—so Justin can win an acquittal? Truth Be Veiled is a riveting play-by-play of the process leading up to trial, told by a criminal lawyer and master storyteller.

“The original version of this novel was conceived to teach law students about ethics,” Cohen says. “However, folks, including students, were so enthusiastic, I decided to enlist Carla’s help and turn it into a bona fide murder mystery. It’s difficult for the layperson to imagine how easily the wheels of justice can get mired in technical issues and layers of truth and falsehood. Anyone who cares about justice and the law will hopefully be intrigued by an insider's account.”

“Truth Be Veiled was a pleasure to work on,” says Main. “Joel and I have known each other since I was a summer associate at Stroock, some 25 years ago. So when he explained this project to me, I was thrilled to be a part of its development. The challenge was to create a plot that turns on how the characters confront and deal with the law in all their varied roles as advocate, defendant and investigator."

Joel Cohen, a former prosecutor, practices white-collar criminal defense at New York’s Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, LLP. He teaches legal ethics at Fordham Law School, lectures widely and authors columns on law and legal ethics for the New York Law Journal and

Carla T. Main is an award-winning legal journalist who writes about law and society. She is the author of Bulldozed (Encounter Books, 2007), an examination of the impact of eminent domain development on communities.

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