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Chemerinsky: SCOTUS term reveals deeply divided justices frustrated with one another

At times, some have referred to the Supreme Court as “nine scorpions in a bottle.” That metaphor seems especially appropriate this year, though I would describe them as “nine angry scorpions in a bottle.” There is a strong sense that it is a deeply divided court. There were a total of 59 opinions, and 23 were 6-3 and another five were 5-4.


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Can lawyers detach?

Can lawyers remain detached under the pressures of practice? Stay cool? Do our work without getting fazed? I’m not so sure.


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The Prelitigation Advantage: Leveraging AI for discovery and pleadings

Pretrial litigation is an area ripe for disruption, and artificial intelligence is coming for it. It makes sense. The discovery phase involves monotonous workflows and routine processes, making it an ideal target for tools that aim to streamline repetitive tasks and increase efficiency.


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New research about legal operations is 'at a crossroads,' consortium leaders say

Ari Kaplan recently spoke with Sandra Aldi, the chief marketing officer at Neota Logic; Michael Powers, the global director of product marketing at iManage; and Thomas Suh, the co-founder and chief operating officer for LegalMation.


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You were probably not taught to market yourself; now what?

Few law schools offer their graduates LinkedIn self-branding workshops as an employment game-changer before law firm hiring managers. Today, even when taught, self-branding coursework is outdated, even at the best law schools. Or, as widely lamented by attendees in my recent online seminar, marketing courses not offered at all.


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Netflix's true-crime documentary about woman stalking man flows like book you can't put down

It’s rare to find a true-crime documentary that is equal parts entertaining, educational and polished to the point of resembling something you’d see on the silver screen. Netflix’s new documentary Lover, Stalker, Killer meets those criteria, though, all the while finding a way to fit an incredibly engaging narrative…



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Retired D.C. Circuit judge talks about his memoir on navigating a legal career through blindness

In 2007, Judge David Tatel recused himself from a case addressing whether the government was required to make paper currency identifiable to the blind and visually impaired by changing the color, shape, size and feel of banknotes.


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This criminal defense lawyer's big complaint about Netflix's 'Abducted in Plain Sight' is the parents

I remember one of my associate attorneys telling me about Netflix’s true-crime documentary Abducted in Plain Sight, but the premise—a child inexplicably abducted by her neighbor not once but twice—seemed too far-fetched to give much credit.


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Chemerinsky: SCOTUS rulings on election districting likely to affect who's going to Congress in 2025

Two recent rulings of the Supreme Court—one on its “shadow docket” and the other a decision on the merits—again revealed the deep division among the justices with regard to issues concerning voting and the electoral process. Each was decided by a 6-3 margin, with the familiar ideological split among the current justices, and each will have significant consequences for our political system in making it harder to bring challenges to the drawing of election districts.


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What lawyers should know about customer relationship management

Ari Kaplan recently spoke with Todd Miller, the CEO of TRĒ, an artificial intelligence-powered customer relationship management platform.


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