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I am a retired trial lawyer. I started out with a view to being rich, like many lawyers. But, I discoverd that working for the top 1% was boring and not emotionally fulfilling. So, I moved to rural Northern California and opened a genral law practice. Before long I found myself representing women for the local Shelter and I became the chief trial lawyer for the Child Protective Service. I discovered that protecting women and children from abuse was far more satisfying. Never did become rich, but I felt fulfilled. I write about the cases I handled and the people I met. However, I do so in fictional form and in a mystery genre so that the reader becomes engrossed in the story, while learning about the underlying subjects.

Below is my published bio:

Michael Arkin is a former Independent State Hearing Officer who was appointed to hear and determine contested cases between school districts and parents as part of the California Special Education Hearing Office in Sacramento, California.

He is a former United States Department of Justice trial attorney (honors program law graduate) in Washington, D.C. where he was responsible for the trial and appeal of complex tax cases throughout the United States.

Following his government service, he engaged in the private law practice for 44 years in California before relocating to New Mexico to write on a full time basis. His law practice in San Bernardino and San Diego focused on tax, securities and corporate law. However, in 1982 he relocated to San Andreas and Angels Camp, California where his practice was balanced among providing legal services as Chief Trial Counsel to Child Protective Services, as special counsel to the Superior Court for children in high conflict child custody cases, and as counsel for battered women referred by the Calaveras Women’s Crisis Center. He relocated to Nevada County in July 2002 and retired from active practice in December 2005. Since then, he and his Shetland Sheepdogs, "Dakota" and "Taz" have been living and writing in Northern New Mexico.

Mr. Arkin received undergraduate degrees from George Washington University and the University of Oklahoma with a major in psychology, and minors in sociology, philosophy and English. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity while at OU. He also received his law degree from the University of Oklahoma where he served as Managing Editor and Articles and Book Review Editor of the Oklahoma Law Review. While living in Oklahoma, he was an avid fisherman and hunter. He also bred and trained Beagle dogs for competition in Field Trials throughout the Southwest.

His writing credits include numerous published special education Decisions, lead articles published in trade journals, including Oklahoma Law Review and California Lawyer magazine, a guest editorial in The Los Angeles Daily Journal, co-authorship of a non-fiction work, From The Depth of the Mines Came the Law, (Arkin and Laskin, Word Dancer Press, 2000), and a work of fiction, Out of Balance, a socially relevant mystery (PA 2009). He is currently preparing his second novel, Judicial Indiscretion, for review and publication.

favourite books

To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee), People of the Book (Geraldine Brooks), Blessing Way (Tony Hillerman), and Sophie's Choice (William Stryon).

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Judicial Indiscretion

Michael Arkin

When a Judge is murdered in chambers in a New Mexico Courthouse a local lawyer is arrested. Enter Matt Lucas, attorney for the defense.

When a well respected judge is ritually murdered in her chambers, a local lawyer is indicted and arrested for the crime. Matt Lucas and Linda Lawson, lawyer/investigator and Pulitzer-grade reporter, the featured team in Out of Balance (PA, 2012), come in for the defense and seek the real killer. This fast paced thriller leads the team, the accused, and the killer from "Out of Balance" to face their demons as they solve the mystery. A suspensful page turner leads the reader to understand the vagaries of the judicial appointments process, how the justice system goes awry, and the way in which the characters find a path to personal growth in the midst of chaos. This novel is based upon true stories from the author's 44 year law practice, appropriately fictionalized to tell their stories as well as to protect the identities of the characters on which the story is based.


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Tom Ericson wrote 202 days ago

Hi Michael, Just to let you know that I have posted the complete boo....

T.J. Evan wrote 243 days ago

a legal thriller? can't wait. sorry for taking such a long time to ge....

Steven Bordeaux wrote 263 days ago

Thanks for your comment. I'll put it on my read list and get to it a....

jhorsfall wrote 270 days ago

I'm guessing one of the reasons your book has stalled is that you've ....

robert9557 wrote 270 days ago

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I wrote 233 days ago

Your plot is a bit extravagant don't you think? view book

I wrote 274 days ago

Jack Hudson asked me to back your book, so I have done so. It does merit backing on its own, however, even without Jack's request. Thought I would mention that. If you wish, you might take a look at mine, Judicial Indiscretion. Thanks, Michael Arkin view book

I wrote 360 days ago

Hi Kathy: Thank you for your kind comments. I truly appreciate them. I will be taking a look at The Final Beginning shortly and hope to get back to you next week. Have a nice weekend. view book

I wrote 372 days ago

Nicola - thank you for your comments. You are a very intelligent and perceptive woman. I can readily see why Jack values your opinon so much. I did read your comments about his book, but reading them in relation to my own is so much more meaningful. It must be because you have to be able to read... view book

I wrote 434 days ago

Thank you for your encouragement. If you can put me (or Judicial Indiscretion) on your bookshelf, I would be very appreciative. I will be readding your work around the 1st of March. Thanks again, view book

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