Co-author of From Madness to Mutiny
Michael Lesher (M.A., J.D.), writer, journalist and attorney, has provided unique legal services to mothers who have lost custody of their children for trying to protect them from alleged sexual abuse. He has fought for mothers and children in states all over the country, including Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey and New York. He has also handled federal civil rights cases concerning freedom of speech and equal protection under the law.
As a legal writer, Michael Lesher has contributed to such publications as Moore’s Federal Practice, Weinstein’s Evidence, and The Federal Litigation Guide Reporter. His journalism has appeared in The Village Voice, The Jewish Week, Forward, Canadian Jewish News, and North Jersey Herald & News.
Michael Lesher’s first connection with Amy Neustein came in 1996, when he published major articles on the outrages committed in her case in The Village Voice (co-authored with Adam Fifield) and The New York Jewish Week. After years of research and legal work on other cases in which the family court system has betrayed children — and the parents who try to protect them — he joined with Amy Neustein to co-author From Madness to Mutiny. This is the first book to dissect the ways the family court system abandons protective mothers, and the first to recommend significant and plausible reforms.
With Amy Neustein, Michael Lesher has co-authored articles on the family court system that have appeared in academic publications and in the mainstream press. He is an Advisory Board member of the National Coalition for Family Justice.
Michael Lesher is also an author of short fiction and poetry. He was awarded the University of Virginia’s Wagenheim Prize for fiction in 1979, and has published work in Oasis, Cimarron Review and Virginia Literary Review.
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