Lee Robinson, Lawyer for the Dog

Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 5:00pm

One of the sharpest attorneys in Charleston, S.C., Sally Baynard isn't your typical southern belle. She's certainly not what her mother hoped she'd grow up to be, especially since she divorced her husband, Family Court Judge Joe Baynard, and his historic family with their historic wealth and historic houses. Maybe Sally was never going to be a proper society lady, but her success as a public defender and family lawyer have been enough for her. She's represented murderers, burglars, drug dealers and lately has taken on some of the thorniest divorces, all cases closed with her Sally Bright Baynard wit, charm and brains.

Or have they? One case she's never successfully closed is her marriage. And when Judge Joe assigns her to one of his divorce cases by appointing her as the Lawyer for the Dog -- Sherman, a miniature schnauzer-- she's forced into close quarters with him again. Juggling the needs of the dog, the angry owners, her amorous but uncommunicative ex-husband, her aging, Alzheimer's-ridden mother, and the expectations of the court is more than Sally could have imagined. And as rascally Sherman digs his way into Sally's heart, he brings along his charming vet Tony, a man who makes Sally question her views on love and marriage.

Lee Robinson practiced law for over 20 years in Charleston, S.C., where she served as executive director of a legal services agency and later worked in private practice, concentrating on family law. She was elected the first female president of the Charleston Bar Association and received the Bar Association's award for her work in public interest law. She lives on a small ranch in the Texas hill country. This is her first novel for adults.


 "Lawyer for the Dog is a delight, and Lee Robinson is a natural."--Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone

"Lee Robinson's Lawyer for the Dog is a stunning book--a warm, funny, big-hearted novel about the lengths we will go to claim ownership over the things that we love. With unflinching honesty and piercing wit, Robinson takes us deep into the heart of Charleston and the lives of her characters and delivers a poignant, generous and ultimately unforgettable story."--Andrew Porter, Flanner O'Conner Award winner, The Theory of Light and Matter

"Lee Robinson has created a character like our best friend, a woman who frustrates and endears, a person we admire, care about, and want to fix. A cross between the narrator of "Bridget Jones' Diary and a character in a Scott Turow novel, Sarah Baynard and her tale of romance and self-acceptance are made for the screen."--Nan Cuba, author of Body and Bread

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