Year in Review

Top 10 Your Voice columns of 2023

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Your Voice 2023

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One of the ABA Journal's most precious assets is our access to engaged legal professionals with a knack for writing and a point of view to share. With that in mind, we launched our Your Voice section in 2018, inviting guest columnists to spark conversations about issues relevant to the profession. Your Voice is chock-full of five years of evergreen advice and thought-provoking pieces of writing, but these 10 were the most read from 2023.

David M. FrysonDavid M. Fryson.

David M. Fryson’s exploration of why lawyers aren’t given the honorific of “Dr.” was the runaway favorite Your Voice column this year, becoming the second-most read piece on the website after its publication in May.

It was also featured in the August-September 2023 issue of the print magazine and prompted a slew of letters to the editor.

1. “The curious case of why lawyers are not called ‘doctor’” by David M. Fryson

2. “Three Scary Letters: Big. Law. ALS.” by Nick Warack

3. “A look at Paul Hastings’ viral ‘no exceptions, no excuses’ presentation missteps” by Norm Tabler

4. “Law schools face an inflection point with diversity, equity and inclusion” by Josh Blackman

5. “My career approach could have killed me” by Andrea “Lee” Negroni

6. “The ABA needs ideological diversity to ensure its future” by Josh Blackman

7. “Why you should unlearn certain valuable legal skills” by Andrea Gilliam

8. “How fully remote work has enabled me to thrive in the face of adversity” by Colleen R. Smith

9. “On Better Terms: What should we do with ‘nonlawyer’?” by Kenneth A. Adams

10. “Law schools should take on students’ mental health and substance use from day one” by David Jaffe is accepting queries for original, thoughtful, nonpromotional articles and commentary by unpaid contributors to run in the Your Voice section. Details and submission guidelines are posted at “Your Submissions, Your Voice.”

These columns reflect the opinions of the authors and not necessarily the views of the ABA Journal—or the American Bar Association.

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