A Lawyer by Ronald L Ruiz

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Ronald L. Ruiz’s memoir spans over 36 years of practicing law in California, focusing on five memorable cases. One of only six Mexican-American lawyers practicing law in Northern California during his early years, he saw a transformation in the criminal justice system that will leave the reader wondering "was this progress?”

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After college, Ronald L. Ruiz went to law school "for all the wrong reasons," he now says. After ten years of practicing criminal defense law, Ruiz returned to writing and began working on his critically acclaimed first novel, Happy Birthday Jesús (Arte Público Press, 1994). His second novel, Giuseppe Rocco (Arte Público Press, 1998), is the recipient of a national literary prize, the 1998 Premio Aztlán. Ron Ruiz "is at his best when depicting personal struggles," says the San Jose Mercury News about his third novel, The Big Bear (Arte Público Press, 2003). A graduate of the University of San Francisco Law School, criminal defense attorney and former District Attorney of Santa Cruz County, Ruiz retired from criminal law and continues to write every day.
Published September 4, 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 269 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Professional & Technical, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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As Ruiz writes: “If you weren’t a hardened criminal when you entered prison, the chances were very good you would be one when you left.” Through his triumphs and setbacks, including his first panic attack, suffered in court at the age of 56, Ruiz maintains an involving, unpretentious narrative fl...

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