Sidebar Series kicks off with Court TV's Rikki Klieman

Issue June 2003

Join us for the debut of the MBA's Sidebar Series. This occasional series of free special events will give members an opportunity to hear from and meet noteworthy personalities from the world of law, education, entertainment and business in a relaxed, after-work setting at the MBA's Boston office.

Kicking off the MBA Sidebar Series on Tuesday, June 10 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. will be a talk and book signing with Rikki Klieman, the Court TV anchor and top trial attorney.

Named as one of the top five female trial lawyers in America by Time magazine, Klieman has handled many high-profile cases, including Christian Scientists David and Ginger Twitchell, who lost their child due to their religious beliefs, and controversial 1960s fugitive Katherine Ann Power. She also was involved in the famous "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" case and worked with Atty. Jan Schlictman in the "A Civil Action" case.

Klieman has been an anchor on Court TV in New York since 1995, analyzing trials and legal issues throughout the country. She remains of counsel to the Boston law firm of Klieman, Lyons, Schindler and Gross, where she specializes in criminal trial and appellate work and civil litigation.

After receiving her JD from Boston University School of Law in 1975, Klieman clerked for the Hon. Walter Jay Skinner of the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts and was a prosecutor with the Middlesex and Norfolk County District Attorneys offices. Before opening her own firm, she was a partner at Friedman & Atheron, a commercial law firm in Boston.

A member of the adjunct faculty at Columbia University Law School, Klieman was also a professor at Boston University School of Law. She served on the Advisory Committee to the U.S. Supreme Court on the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Klieman currently serves on the ABA's National Conference of Lawyers and the Media

Klieman recently published her autobiography, "Fairy Tales Can Come True: How a Driven Woman Changed Her Destiny," in which she discusses her career, her major cases and the price paid on the road to success. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Bill Bratton, the Los Angeles Chief of Police and the former chief for Boston and New York.