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African American farmer’s legal battle to save his family farm is focus of ‘Catfish Dream’

Ed Scott was the first-ever nonwhite owner and operator of a catfish plant in the nation. The former sharecropper-turned-landowner was part of a class action lawsuit that resulted in one of the largest civil rights settlements in U.S. history. With the settlement of Pigford v. Glickman in 1999, almost $1 billion has been issued to more than 13,000 African American farmers to date.

How power dynamics in the workplace shield perpetrators of sexual harassment

We often associate the #MeToo movement with the entertainment industry, but sexual harassment is a widespread problem in all industries. The hierarchical nature of the workplace influences victims’ fear that reporting harassment will result in retaliation, and they do not feel protected by the very systems that are in place to protect them.

Debut novelist’s tale of Sri Lankan refugees wins 2019 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

In 2009 and 2010, two ships packed with refugees fleeing the Sri Lankan civil war arrived on the shores of Canada. Those refugees inspired Sharon Bala's debut novel, The Boat People, which won the 2019 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction.

How to train your expert witness

When it comes to working with an expert or expert witness, there can be a lot of moving parts to keep track of. You have to determine how an expert…

Founder of The Slants talks about the band’s free-speech fight

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When Simon Tam booked the first gig for The Slants, there was a major obstacle to overcome: The band did…

How the Great Recession changed American law firms

There's no denying that law firms have gone through significant changes in the last decade. These changes continue to create unprecedented challenges for modern law firms today. So, what's next?

How to become a federal criminal: It’s easier than you may think

The good news for anyone aspiring to a life of crime is that you may be a multiple offender of federal criminal laws without even being aware of it.

A curmudgeon’s tips for making it in BigLaw

For new law graduates and associates going into the world of BigLaw, the stakes have never been higher—and neither have the expectations.

Public speaking skills every lawyer should master

For every lawyer who thinks they have oral presentations down pat, there’s another who has anxiety about talking in front of a crowd. And they both need help.

Help select the winner of the 2019 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

The finalists for the 2019 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction have been announced, and now readers will have a chance to weigh in. The books nominated for the ninth annual award are The Boat People, by Sharon Bala; Class Action, by Steven B. Frank; and The Widows of Malabar Hill, by Sujata Massey.

The strange tale of the ‘Voodoo reverend’ and Harper Lee’s lost true-crime book

A series of suspicious deaths; a murder at a victim’s funeral; a minister whom locals suspected was dabbling in voodoo; a gregarious Alabama lawyer and politician called Big Tom; and…

Why tech tools can have promise and peril for policing

Like everyone else, police are inundated with new gadgets and technologies promised to make their jobs easier. But do they? In his new book, Thin Blue Lie, investigative journalist Matt Stroud digs deeps into the background of various police technologies' promises and perils.

How introverts can make networking work for them

You have to network to get work, but it doesn’t come naturally to everyone. Carol Schiro Greenwald spends her time teaching law firms to grow their businesses and their profitability,…

Did an ax murderer go free? ‘The Trial of Lizzie Borden’ examines the evidence

Cara Robertson has been fascinated by the ax murders of Andrew and Abby Borden—and the daughter who stood trial for those murders—since she was an undergrad at Harvard University nearly…

Former JAG Corps captain draws from history and sports for diversity advice

Kenneth Imo spent years playing college football for Southern Methodist University, working his way up in the U.S. Air Force and leading the charge for diversity in two international law firms. Imo mined his experiences for his book, Fix It: How History, Sports, and Education Can Inform Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Today.

From Columbine to Parkland: How have school shootings changed us?

The 10 years that Dave Cullen spent researching and reporting on the 1999 shootings in Littleton, Colorado, for his book Columbine were so draining that he experienced secondary PTSD. So on Feb. 14, 2018, when he heard about the shootings at Margery Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, he had no initial intention of writing about them. But in the nearly 20 years since the Columbine shootings changed our expectations about school safety, there had been a number of changes—including what the children directly impacted were able to do to change our national conversations about gun laws.

Building blockchain expertise into a practice that pays

Blockchain's a buzzword, but what does it mean? In this episode of the Modern Law Library, our guests James A. Cox and Mark W. Rasmussen give a breakdown of what blockchain is, the emerging legal issues the technology is prompting, and why Jones Day thinks that it's an important emerging practice area.

Supreme Court’s history with alcohol gets a look in ‘Glass and Gavel’

From the earliest days of the U.S. Supreme Court, alcohol has been part of the work lives and social lives of the justices. In the book Glass and Gavel: The U.S. Supreme Court and Alcohol, Nancy Maveety takes readers on a tour through the ways that SCOTUS and spirits have overlapped.

How introverted lawyers can harness their traits for success

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“Fake it till you make it.” For Heidi K. Brown, trying to mimic her extroverted peers in litigation always felt forced. She…

How to avoid burnout and be ‘The Best Lawyer You Can Be’

A new year, a new you? Stewart Levine has spent over three decades speaking to legal professionals after suffering from burnout as a lawyer himself. His new book—The Best Lawyer You Can Be: A Guide to Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Wellness—combines personal experiences and essays from industry leaders, meant to inspire far beyond January’s best intentions.

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