For Immediate Release
March 19, 2020

Twelve Tables Press Announces Publication of
Legal Biography of Frederick Bernays Wiener “Written in Water” 

Biographer Paul R. Baier provides a grand journey around the life and practice of legendary Supreme Court attorney

Northport, New York (March 19, 2020) —Twelve Tables Press today announced its newest publication, Written in Water, Biography of Frederick Bernays Wiener written by Louisiana State University Professor Paul R. Baier.  This colorful biography is available for purchase in print and digital at and on Amazon and via for bookstore sale.

Written in Water: An Experiment in Legal Biography is unlike any other legal biography ever written because Frederick Bernays Wiener, Esq. was unlike any other lawyer in the history of American law. Our protagonist is the only lawyer in the history of the Supreme Court to lose a case with a published opinion against him, only to turn the Court around on rehearing and win in Reid v. Covert II, “The Murdering Wives Case.” After Colonel Wiener’s death in 1996, age 90, his son Thomas Freud Wiener and Doris Merchant Wiener (Frederick’s “Best friend and most perceptive critic”) offered his legal papers to his LSU law professor friend, admirer, and accidental biographer Paul R. Baier. One discovery astounds. It is a legal-size envelope with the caption in red ink, WRITTEN IN WATER. It contains sample chapters of Colonel Wiener’s draft autobiography! This book is the result. Collaborator Jake Stein calls it a ramble. Paul rather thinks of Boswell’s Life of Johnson. Whatever the reader’s judgment, both of us agree that Frederick Wiener, LL.B., and Samuel Johnson, LL.D., would get along just fine.

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Twelve Tables Press and Carolina Academic Press Announce Publishing Alliance
Joint venture supporting legal education and trade publisher Twelve Tables Press’s vision in chronicling "individuals in law" with an emphasis in capturing the craft of lawyering  

August 15, 2016 — Northport, New York and Durham, North Carolina — Twelve Tables Press today announced a publishing alliance with Carolina Academic Press. The new joint venture will provide all back-office fulfillment, editorial, sales, and marketing support to enable Twelve Tables Press to focus on its vision to chronicle the individuals behind the landmark decisions, capture the craft, scholarship and often sheer will needed to change and redefine American Law, jurisprudence and society.

Twelve Tables Press, with its legal education and trade publishing vision to support and promote “individuals in the law,” will publish 20 to 30 new titles annually including trade and educational texts,  digital and print biographies, interviews, archive photos and documents, capturing the craft of lawyering behind these landmark cases, political, and social movements.  

Carolina Academic Press founder Keith Sipe notes: “For the last 20 years I’ve watched Steve Errick build market-leading publishing programs, first at Foundation Press, then at Aspen Legal Education, and most recently, the dizzying responsibility of overseeing the LexisNexis content practice portfolio. I kept telling Steve, ‘what about your own imprint, and if not now, then when?” 

Co-founder of Twelve Tables Press Steve Errick notes, “For every landmark case, there’s an attorney, firm, or organization that only a few truly know about, or appreciate. We want to document the fight, smarts, and will it takes to make a difference. Carolina Academic Press is the most innovative and daring publisher in our market, while never losing its focus on serving its authors and customers. I am so appreciative to have their support and confidence.  With my co-founder Larry Selby leading our digital and media strategy and Jay Tidmarsh as our Editor in Chief,  Twelve Tables Press will ensure that students, attorneys, and enthusiasts of legal history will have a chance to learn more about these landmark cases and the leaders behind these decisions.”

About Twelve Tables Press: Twelve Tables Press is a legal education and trade press co-owned by former Lexis VP Managing Director  Research Information Steve Errick, former American Law Media (ALM) VP, Research Solutions, Larry Selby, and Notre Dame Professor of Law, Jay Tidmarsh. 

About Carolina Academic Press: Although primarily a law publisher, for more than thirty years Carolina Academic Press has also published successful titles in areas as diverse as anthropology, history, sociology, criminal justice, education, politics, and sport risk management. The press may be best known for publishing Richard C. Wydick’s Plain English for Lawyers, a helpful reference now in its fifth edition and touted by The New York Times as “. . . probably the most popular legal text today. . . .” Its current law list includes around 1,200 unique and engaging titles by academics or practitioners who are experts in their fields.

To learn more about Twelve Tables Press, contact Steve Errick, Publisher and Co-Founder
P.O. Box 568, Northport, New York 11768
631- 241-1148 (Direct) or 631- 754-1913 (Fax)