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How to restore trust for a profession in transition

There is a temptation to part company with the challenges and disappointments of 2020 and move full speed ahead into 2021 without looking back. As lawyers, however, we should not forget what we learned from the past year. Rather, we need to make some serious New Year’s resolutions.

In 2020,…



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Run your law practice remotely with legal practice management software

We’re only a few weeks into the new year and continue to face uncertainty about the pandemic and the future.


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Recruiting firm CEO discusses creating career opportunities in 2021

Ari Kaplan recently spoke with Michael Potters, the co-founder and CEO of the Glenmont Group, a recruiting firm in the legal industry.


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National Geographic's 'Trafficked' looks at the most dangerous drug in America

Many of my columns in this series come from unexpected places. Recently, I was watching a sporting event when an advertisement for the new National Geographic channel series Trafficked aired. As is often the case, I…



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Structural racism is killing us—now what? Here are some policy recommendations

On Dec. 9 and 10, the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice Rights of Immigrants Committee hosted a two-day policy summit exploring some of the most pressing civil rights issues confronting our nation. In a strategic partnership with the German Marshall Fund, a public policy organization, the ABA began its exploration of interpersonal, institutional and structural discrimination with the virtual session titled "Structural Racism Is Killing Us. Now What?"


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When it comes to cross-examination, is less more?

Is cross-examination an art? Is it a science? Whatever it is, do most lawyers know how to handle it effectively?


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How law firms can be—and stay—effective during the COVID-19 crisis

As it has done to other professions within the business community, the coronavirus pandemic has severely disrupted normal functioning in the field of law. From closed courtrooms to quarantined clients, we are dealing with a new and challenging set of issues. But with the right planning and a strategic approach, we can overcome these obstacles and continue to effectively serve our clients.


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Judge Judy, in a rare interview, reflects on her iconic TV show as it reaches its final season

In 1987, Judge Judith Sheindlin of New York County Family Court terminated a couple’s parental rights to their two young children. The mother had shown no interest in raising them. Their father had been incarcerated for several years, and his release was many more away.


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There will be blood: COVID-19, coup d'etat and capital punishment

As America is left reeling from the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, the infamous last days of Donald J. Trump’s presidency will be remembered for lawlessness, incitement and a bloody coup attempt by a right-wing mob.

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Chemerinsky: Predicting the Supreme Court in 2021 may be dangerous and futile

At the end of 2019, I attempted to look ahead to what to expect in the U.S. Supreme Court in 2020. Of course, the most important stories—the COVID-19 pandemic and how it changed the court, the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett—could not possibly have been foreseen.


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