Friday, June 14

Writer/Lawyer Leighton Rockafellow Sr. Uses Book Signing to Benefit Arizona Humane Society

Leighton Rockafellow Sr.’s “day job” is as an attorney who specializes in wrongful death, medical malpractice, and nursing home neglect, among other areas. While that might seem like a job reserved for only the very stern and serious, he and his wife, Millie, have proven that’s certainly not always the case.

According to a press release on, the couple, who have written multiple children’s books, were at the Merci Gallery in Tucson, AZ, this past week engaging in a book signing, with all the benefits going to support the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.

“It was a fantastic event that put smiles on the faces of all who attended,” said Leighton. “Additionally, all proceeds went to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, so that they can continue their mission of placing pets in loving homes.”

The two books the couple were signing were, “Calvin the Boodle,” which is based on the true story of a rescue dog that finds a loving home, and “Calvin the Boodle Goes to School,” presumably a sequel of sorts. As you might expect, it was the couple’s great love for animals that inspired them to write the children’s series.

While not as serious as the cases Leighton sees regularly working, which involve issues such as medical malpractice, the third leading cause of death in the U.S., the books aren’t just meant to be feel-good, bedtime stories. In addition to encouraging people about the benefits of adopting rescue animals, the second book has a message about the need for families to properly train their dogs, too.

“The book signing saw a big turnout and we were able to raise over $600 for the Humane Society; in fact, 100 percent of every book we sold went to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona,” said Millie, who, along with Leighton, have rescue dogs. “We adopted a poodle a few years ago and got the idea to write children’s books about adopting dogs because we think adopted dogs are the best dogs there are.”

Leighton has also penned three legal thriller fiction novels throughout his career.

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