It’s 2008, and Samantha Kofer is a lawyer in the Commercial Real Estate division of one of the largest law firms in the world: Scully & Pershing.
Tensions are high since Lehman Brothers has just folded and Scully & Pershing has terminated dozens of people in other divisions.
It’s just a matter of time.
Well……that time has come.
Samantha and several others are put on “leave” without pay, but, after one year working for free at an approved nonprofit, her job will be open and she can reuturn…..assuming the recession eases.
Going thru the list of nonprofits……all the jobs have been taken…..except one and she has an interview scheduled in a couple of days.
Samantha is to meet Mattie Wyatt at the Mountain Legal Aid Clinic in Brady, Virginia.
A town so far removed from Manhattan that…..
Mattie likes Samantha and gives her an office and includes her in the daily activities of taking care of clients who are poor and have no voice other than the Legal Aid Clinic.
Picking up litigation experience with cases ranging from black lung, to divorce, to drug use, Samantha learns more about the law in a few months than she ever did at Scully & Pershing.
Then she meets Donovan Gray (Mattie’s nephew)…..a lawyer on a mission against the big coal companies.
As it turns out, Donovan is on the cusp of suing the largest coal company in the region when……
Oh, to find out what happens, you will have to read the book!
“Gray Mountain” is simply stupendous.
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