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Mon., 6/18/12
Mass Lawyers Feel the Squeeze

A study by the Massachusetts Bar Association says the state has too many lawyers and not enough work. What's worse, the state's law schools are churning out students with six-figure debt and no real experience. So the Bar Association convened a task force of judges, attorneys and law school admissions advisers sitting to come up with a list of recommendations to improve job prospects for new lawyers. Those include admitting fewer students, having lawyers complete "residencies" similar to doctors in medical school, making the bar exam harder to pass, and encouraging new lawyers to take on pro bono and community work to build up experience.

Today we hear from two people from the task force. Eric Parker is the task force's co-chair, and Lynn Muster is a staff attorney for the Massachusetts Appeals Court.

Did you think about pursuing a law degree? Did you go through with it? Lawyers, are you swimming in debt? Did you land the job you were hoping for, or did you settle for something else? Tweet us @calliecrossley, or leave a message on our Facebook page.

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Thursday, July 5, 2012       Listen 897
*Originally aired 11/02/12
Walter Mosley on The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey


Walter MosleyLate last year, Walter Mosley joined us to talk about his latest novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Mosley’s protagonist, Ptolemy Grey, is an old, ailing recluse living in a dump of a cluttered apartment. His mind, on a downward spiral of dementia, is equally cluttered with a mashup of memories: the death of his wife, the lynching of a friend, his service in World War II. Then everything changes when he’s offered a Faustian bargain—a drug that will restore his brain in exchange for a shorter life. He takes the plunge, hoping mental clarity will help him solve a murder. Though Mosley may be best known for detective novels, his writing spans all genres: literary fiction, science fiction, crime and social commentary. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosely uses threads from all of these styles to tell the story of mortality and morality. 

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