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Author John Grisham at YLS on April 5 for Showing and Discussion of The Rainmaker

Best-selling author John Grisham will be at Yale Law School on Monday, April 5, for a screening and discussion of the movie, The Rainmaker, which is based on his 1995 novel of the same name. The movie will be shown in Yale Law School’s Levinson Auditorium beginning at 4:10 p.m.; when the movie concludes at about 6:30 p.m., Grisham will answer questions. A reception will follow in the Alumni Reading Room. The event is open to the Yale Law School community only, and Yale Law School IDs are required.

“Though the movie is now twelve years old, it is still relevant, especially in the midst of the health care debate,” said Grisham, who indicated he is open to entertaining a variety of topics during the Q&A. “Another issue might be the unseemly solicitation of cases by lawyers, which is only worse now than when I wrote the book. Access to civil justice is another potential topic.”

Grisham is a graduate of Mississippi State University and earned his law degree at Ole Miss Law School in 1981. He practiced law for about ten years, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation. He was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives in 1983 and served until 1990. In addition to The Rainmaker, his many best-selling novels include The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, and The Associate. He published his first novel, A Time to Kill, in 1989.