ABA member and attorney Deborah Espinosa is using photography and storytelling for legal empowerment. “That is one of my main missions, to elevate and amplify the voices of poor and marginalized people and communities,” says Espinosa, who now works as a consultant for Landesa. “Not speak for them—they are not voiceless; it’s just their voices do not often have platforms.”
We searched high and low for the best vendor giveaways from the ABA Techshow 2020 Expo at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago. We visited the expo in search of the coolest items for attendees to fill their swag bags with and rounded up some of the neatest offerings.
Climate change, which has surfaced as a major issue in the 2020 presidential election, is a growing practice area in environmental litigation. Everyone involved (even the U.S. government, which has been named in several cases), concurs that the climate crisis poses a dire and increasing threat to a safe environment. Check out these major cases pending across the United States and abroad. Regardless of their outcome, all are expected to have a significant impact on the health of the planet—and, say some, even the existence of human life.
Have no fear, the ABA Journal's 2019 Gifts for Lawyers guide is here! Whether you're shopping early to get ahead of the game or bookmarking some favorites to buy closer to the holidays, look no further. This year our gift guide gallery features a blend of practical, personal, techie and downright fun gifts for your favorite person in the legal industry—or even yourself. 'Tis the season to spread the joy and the laughter.
Education is a hallmark of civic life in the United States. So it’s not surprising that education has been at the forefront of many landmark controversies, including at the Supreme Court level, over the last several decades. Check out 11 U.S. Supreme Court cases about American education that affected education law, constitutional law and the overall public school experience.
Some songs or albums move the law. A band or artist will be involved in a lawsuit so groundbreaking and important that it will set a precedent, either enshrined in law or otherwise binding future generations. Check out 12 songs that helped influence the law.
With the crisis of mass incarceration and questions of resource allocation driving decisions, district attorneys of all political stripes are reforming their offices to reflect a data-driven and more humane approach to criminal justice. Here are some of those prosecutors.
As part of the countdown to Law Day 2019, we created a gallery of 12 free speech and free press milestones from the Supreme Court—moments in legal history that defined our understanding of these rights.
This year is the anniversary of countless influential U.S. Supreme Court decisions. In honor of the occasion, check out this gallery of nine monumental Supreme Court cases on free speech and free press—all from years ending in the number nine.
We searched high and low for the best vendor giveaways from the 2019 ABA Techshow Expo at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago.
Check out the winners of our Cartoon Caption Contest from 2019.
February is Black History Month, a time to honor the heritage and triumphs of African-Americans. With a legal angle in mind, the ABA Journal chose to recognize 14 groundbreaking black lawyers. These attorneys were pioneers in their fields, using their law degrees to make history in courtrooms, legislatures and even newsrooms.
To prenup or not to prenup, that is the question—at least it’s what you might ask your lawyer after you initially pop the question, then exchange rings and eventually walk down the aisle on that special day and say "I do." Prenups are used to divide assets in cases of divorce or death, as a way to avoid state law that dictate what would happen without an agreement. While most prenups are straightforward, some can be unordinary and shocking—especially when you enter the world of famous marriages—from both modern-day celebrities and historical figures. In honor of Valentine’s Day, check out these 13 famous and somewhat-shocking prenups.
In its Briefly Speaking contest in 2018, the ABA asked for its members to offer their words of wisdom to young lawyers. Here are some of our favorite entries, along with the winning advice in the litigators category, by Tasha Blakney of Knoxville, Tennessee.
In its Briefly Speaking contest in 2018, the ABA asked for its members to offer their words of wisdom to young lawyers. Here are some of our favorite entries, along with the winning advice in the business lawyers category, by Jacob McBride of Dallas.
Are you stumped on gifts to give for the lawyer in your life this holiday season? The ABA Journal presents our 2018 Gifts for Lawyers guide, which this year features a mixture of fun, unique, personal and whimsical gifts for your favorite person in the industry or even yourself—which can hopefully help bring everyone some joy and laughter.
In its Briefly Speaking contest in 2018, the ABA asked for its members to offer their words of wisdom to solos. Here are some of our favorite entries, along with the winning advice in the solo lawyers category, by Andrew Clark of Pickerington, Ohio.
In its Briefly Speaking contest in 2018, the ABA asked for its members to offer their words of wisdom to young lawyers. Here are some of our favorite entries, along with the winning advice in the young lawyers category, by Brijesh Patel of Clearwater, Florida.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg built her career arguing landmark gender discrimination cases. Her tireless devotion to doing what she believes is right is probably why various products emblazoned with her image and quotes appeal to many.
Ten years ago, the ABA Journal published a cover story called "The 25 Greatest Legal Movies," a roster of top-notch legal-themed films drawn from a panel that included lawyers, law professors and, yes, an actual judge. We wanted to update the list this year and decided to broaden the scope.
Does your law firm offer any funky or unique amenities? Let us know! Send us your pictures to add to our gallery—be sure to include the name of your firm and where you're located.
While they're often ominous, cease-and-desist letters can also be playful while sending a pointed message. Here are the stories behind some of them.
Building a niche law practice takes a lot of work and some luck, but the rewards may be substantial. Meet seven lawyers who forged some alternative paths.
A new book by ABA Journal Assistant Managing Editor Victor Li looks at how a stint at a New York law firm revived Richard Nixon's political and presidential prospects.
As we run the curtain down on our annual Peeps in Law diorama contest, take a look back at a decade's worth of winners -- and some of our favorite entries, too.
We have a re-Peep winner! Find out who gets to hang on to bragging rights in the 2018 Peeps in Law: Stranger Peeps diorama contest!
Check out the most entertaining and useful handouts from vendors at the 2018 ABA Techshow.
Technology touches so many facets of our lives from gadgets to help us sleep better and wake up more refreshed to ones that fit in the palms of our hands and allow us to binge-watch that sitcom or crime drama in bed before turning in. But what happens when smart devices are outsmarted?
Check out the winners of our Cartoon Caption Contest from 2018.
Activities involving one's hands, such as needlework, painting and woodworking, can be more than a relaxation technique—they can also provide a sense of pride and accomplishment to help escape day-to-day life. A recent ABA Journal Question of the Week asked what kind of craftwork helps you unwind or keep your hands moving. Here's some of the creations our readers shared with us.
Throughout 2017, the ABA Journal's 10 Questions feature introduced us to legal professionals from different backgrounds and walks of life. Here's a look back at what made each of these 12 individuals unique to the profession.
A recent Question of the Week asked if you're allowed to bring your pets to work and whether you ever bring them to the office. Some of our readers have responded with pictures of their law pets, and we'd like to show them off to you!
Need a gift idea for the lawyer in your life? The ABA Journal presents our 2017 Gifts for Lawyers guide, featuring a mix of practical and whimsical gifts for your favorite person in the industry—or even yourself.
Behind Hawaii's natural beauty and decades of statehood is a tumultuous relationship with the federal government. Look at some of the people and events from more than a century ago that forged Hawaii's rocky path from monarchy.
See our related magazine feature story: Native Hawaiians wage an ongoing battle to organize into a sovereign nation
A look back at the ABA Annual Meeting held in August in New York City.
Who's your favorite judge from the big or small screen? We found some jurists willing to divulge.
Scenes from the October 2017 Fin(Legal)Tech conference at Chicago-Kent College of Law. (Stephen Rynkiewicz photos.)
Having the right technology can make traveling more efficient and effective. Here are apps and websites to make your business trip a breeze. Read our cover story: "Traveling 2.0"
Video and film cannot depict what sketch artists can capture with pencil and paper.
How a Civil War-era amendment became a mini-Constitution for modern times.
Check out this year's sugary diorama contestants.
Here's what vendors had for attendees this year.
An interactive log of important dates in the public health danger posed by drinking water contamination in Flint, Michigan. Read the full story.
Check out the winners of our Cartoon Caption Contest from 2017.
10 lawyer-authors pick the 10 novels they'd most recommend.
Is a lawyer on your holiday gift list? Here are our suggestions.
What's the origin of this presidential tradition?
"You have the right to remain silent..." How TV made the Miranda warning common knowledge. Related feature article: "50-year story of the Miranda warning has the twists of a cop show"
Which of these legal movie tropes is your favorite?
These lawyers embrace the great outdoors rather than remain chained to a desk.
Here are 10 SCOTUS novels to help distract you from the pundits and political theater of the coming months.
The theme for this year's Techshow seems to be "Happy Lawyers." Here's the swag most likely to brighten your day.
Check out the winners of our Cartoon Caption Contest from 2016.
View selected entries to the ABA Journal's 8th annual diorama contest.
An "unprecedented" crackdown by the Chinese government on human rights lawyers began in July 2015, say monitors. Meet some of the detained lawyers.
Our picks for presents which will get a positive verdict from your loved one.
For our annual pop culture issue, we looked for the best legal movies released in the decades since our launch in 1915.
Lewis Hines' photos are credited with helping to pass the first major federal child labor laws in the U.S.
The top 10 freebies that caught our eye at ABA Techshow 2015.
These 10 innovations revolutionized the practice of law.
Check out the winners of our Cartoon Caption Contest from 2015.
The purpose of our seventh annual diorama contest, Peeps in Law 2015: Game of Peeps? To determine who is worthy to hold the Sugar Throne.
We asked our readers what special treasures they kept with them at work. Click to see the quirky and heartwarming responses.
Since the first issue of the ABA Journal went to press in 1915, a lot has changed about the world.
What's ABS like? These 9 know the details.
Members of DiveBar work to promote marine life.
As countless parents and teachers have warned us, it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt....
With the number of lawyers-turned-authors, combined with the mammoth size of the romance publishing industry, perhaps it's unsurprising that so many romance novelists have law degrees...
When we set out to gather examples of haunted courthouses, we came up with dozens of such legends.
When Justice John Paul Stevens retired in 2010, the ABA Journal compiled his 10 most interesting cases.