Teri Kanefield


I write short stories, essays, novels, books for young readers -- and lots of appellate briefs.

I believe, with John Updike, that the purpose of literature is to expand our sympathies, and I believe, with the Amerian Civil Liberties Union, that when the rights of a society's most vulnerable members are imperiled, everyone's rights are in danger.

My children's books include The Girl from the Tar Paper School (Abrams Books for Young Readers), Guilty? (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and Rivka's Way (Cricket Books). I also write for the Jake Maddox series (Capstone Kids!) and I ghostwrite for the Boxcar Children series. I have several works in progress.

My essays for adults have appeared in The Recorder (San Francisco's Legal Newspaper), Education Week, Jewish Currents, and other periodicals. My essay "The Best Interests of the Child," was included in Reaching for the Bar: Stories of Women at all Stages of their Law Careers,published by Kaplan Books.

My short stories for adults have appeared in The Iowa Review, American Literary Review, and other periodicals. My short stories for children have appeared in Cricket magazine.

My law practice is currently limited to appeals. I accept clients only through the Appellate Defenders Inc. and The First District Appellate Project, non-profit law firms dedicated to improving the quality of indigent representation in criminal, juvenile, dependency, and mental health appeals.

I have a son, two stepchildren, and a husband who speaks three languages and has lived on three continents. I feel lucky to live in San Francisco.

Where to find Teri Kanefield online


Lawyers Never Lie
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,480. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A boy on the roof. A house in shambles. A new baby. A lawsuit. Just when Susan — an idealistic new lawyer and mother of three — thinks she’s getting it all under control, the police arrest her husband for a crime he didn’t commit. Susan and her family struggle to put the pieces together, prepare for a courtroom showdown – and discover the reason for all those lawyer jokes.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,090. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2011. Category: Essay » Sociology
A collection of short essays and stories originally published in various national, regional, and special interests magazines. “Buchenwald from the Train," from The Jewish Currents. An American befriends two elderly German women as their train rolls past Buchenwald. Includes other short essays and stories.

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essays    fiction    holocaust    humorous    jewish    judiaca    lawyers    legal    mystery    myth    nonfiction