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Jul 30, 2018 Cynthia E. Tobisman
GMSR Lawyer wins top national prize for legal fiction

GMSR partner Cindy Tobisman has won the 2018 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction with Proof, beating Scott Turow and Lisa Scottoline. The prize is given annually by the ABA Journal and the University of Alabama School of Law each year to a novel-length work of fiction that best illuminates the role of lawyers in society and their power to effect change. Previous winners include John Grisham and Michael Connelly.

Proof features computer-hacker- turned-attorney Caroline Auden, who stumbles on a con targeting the elderly. Her journey takes her into the mean streets of Los Angeles’ homeless population and she must use every legal trick available to expose the scheme.  The Harper Lee Prize judges say “Caroline Auden is the perfect cross between lawyer Atticus Finch and the grown-up Scout.”

In response to winning the award. Cindy said, “I’m honored, humbled, and frankly, totally stunned. The spirit of To Kill A Mockingbird is the spirit of one person’s ability to make the world a little more fair. That the selection committee saw that the spirt in my book is something that I will treasure forever.”

Molly McDonough, editor and publisher of the ABA Journal said, “It’s exciting to see this award go to a practicing attorney who’s relatively new to the fiction scene.” She further went on to say, “We also love seeing attention being drawn to the important field of elder law and we look forward to seeing what she will bring to the genre of legal fiction.”

Cindy as previously published the novel Doubt and a comic book series, Inside the Loop, under the name C.E. Tobisman.

To read the entire profile by the ABA Journal, please click here.

Proof’ and ‘Doubt’ are available on Amazon Books.