Ipse Dixit: Ruminations on a Career at Law

Full Court Press New Arrivals
Author Edward J. Walters Jr.
Publisher Full Court Press

Not just a book for lawyers. Why do lawyers do what they do? What’s it like to be a lawyer? What’s right about lawyers? What’s wrong with lawyers? What does it take to win? Why do they lose? And why do they call it a profession?

Written throughout a long career in the courtroom, this collection allows the reader to take a deep look inside the legal profession and many of its prominent members. This book is not only relevant to lawyers and judges, regardless of where they practice, but it is also relevant to non-lawyers interested in what lawyers do, people who aspire to be lawyers, and people who have lawyers in their family and have to deal with them. Contained herein are many moving moments that may bring a tear to your eye, many humorous moments that may make you laugh, and pieces of advice, designed for lawyers, but applicable to all of us.

Proceeds from this title will be donated to the LSU Foundation – LSU Law School Classroom to Courtroom Project.


Edward J. Walters Jr. has been representing individuals in personal injury cases for over 45 years. He is Board Certified in the field of Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He received a statewide honor being named the “Distinguished Attorney” for 2009 by the Louisiana Bar Foundation and was chosen as the L.S.U. Law Center’s 2015 Distinguished Alumnus of the year. He has served as Adjunct Professor of Law at the L.S.U. Law Center for in excess of 25 years, teaching a trial skills course entitled “Advanced Trial and Evidence,” which he and Baton Rouge attorney Michael Patterson developed. He has been a member of the faculty of the law school’s yearly Trial Advocacy program since its inception 25 years ago. He served as a member of the Judiciary Commission of Louisiana from 2017 to 2021. He was the Chair of the Commission for 2020. Mr. Walters was born in New Orleans. He is a graduate of St. Aloysius High School in New Orleans, Louisiana State University (B.S., 1969), and the Louisiana State University Law Center (J.D., 1975) where he is a member of its Hall of Fame.

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