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Asked and Answered

191 ABA Journal Asked and Answered articles.

Would your practice be prepared if something happened to you? (podcast with transcript)

Do you know what would happen if you–or one of your colleagues–should suddenly die or become incapacitated? The ABA Journal’s Stephanie Francis Ward speaks with two experts about tools and systems you can put in place to give you and your clients peace of mind.

How can attorneys get help without harming their careers? (podcast with transcript)

With such a stressful profession, many attorneys face addiction and other mental health issues. If you find yourself struggling–or know another lawyer who is–what resources are out there? In this month’s Asked and Answered, the ABA Journal’s Stephanie Francis Ward speaks with Patrick Krill of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s legal professionals program to find out more.

How these law students help costs and acrimony for divorcing couples (podcast with transcript)

In the wake of divorce, many families find themselves emotionally and financially devastated. If you're in the heat of a legal battle, it's easy to go too far and create acrimony with your ex-spouse which can poison any chance at a cordial future relationship–and drain both sides' bank accounts to pay for attorney fees. But what if if didn't have to be that way?

Linda Greenhouse and Jonathan Turley discuss the courts and the press (podcast with transcript)

In this month's Asked and Answered podcast, moderator Stephanie Francis Ward talks to Linda Greenhouse and Jonathan Turley about the past, present and future of legal journalism, and how it has influenced courts.

How can you use social media responsibly to promote your clients’ cases? (podcast with transcript)

Podcast Transcript

Stephanie Francis Ward: Scroll through Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, and you can get a good sense of popular topics, as well as how people feel about them. If…

How to network without feeling slimy (podcast with transcript)

Lawyers are often told how important professional networking is. But many find it so uncomfortable they feel physically dirty. Why is professional networking so distressing to so many? And how can you overcome it and be successful?

Do you have what it takes to be a rural lawyer? (podcast with transcript)

Many young law grads are being urged to move out of large cities and into rural areas, where there aren't as many attorneys competing for work. But what does it take to run a successful legal practice in a rural area? Asked and Answered moderator Stephanie Francis Ward speaks with Lorelei Laird, the reporter who wrote our October cover story on the need for rural attorneys, and Bruce Cameron, who runs a sole practice in rural Minnesota.

How do you provide client hand-holding if you run a virtual firm? (podcast with transcript)

Opportunities are growing for lawyers to practice law in digital spaces. But clients still want and need individual attention. If you have a virtual law practice, how can you provide the hand-holding necessary for clients?

How do we fix the school-to-prison pipeline? (podcast with transcript)

Podcast Transcript

Stephanie Francis Ward: Zero-tolerance discipline policies were once all the rage in schools. But research showed that in practice, many children—especially children of color—were being suspended and expelled…

Bryan Garner on legal neologisms and how ‘Black’s Law Dictionary’ keeps up (podcast with transcript)

Podcast Transcript

Stephanie Francis Ward: Language is a living thing. New words and phrases—or even grammatical shifts—mean that a lexicographer’s work is never truly complete.

Bryan A. Garner: Our to-do…

How to deal with high-conflict clients (podcast with transcript)

For some clients, it seems like no matter what facts you present them with, you just can't make them see the reality of their situation. They want to battle every step of the way to "have their day in court," even when it's not in their best interest. ABA Journal reporter Stephanie Francis Ward speaks with Bill Eddy, an attorney, mediator and author of books including "High Conflict People in Legal Disputes." He share tips on what you can do to try to reach high-conflict clients.

Free yourself from notecards at trial with these tips (podcast with transcript)

Great trial lawyers should be great storytellers. But how do you remember everything you need to, and look confident while doing it? To find out, we spoke with Billy Martin, who is a high-profile Washington, D.C., lawyer and the veteran of more than 150 jury trials. Notecards should be used as props, not crutches, he says, and with sufficient preparation you can free yourself from depending on them. He shares with us his tips.

How lawyers can get the most out of Facebook’s paid status updates (podcast with transcript)

ABA Journal reporter Stephanie Francis Ward speaks with our guests to hear about their experiences and get tips on how lawyers can best utilize their Facebook accounts to attract clients.

Time for a career change? Advice for lawyers on switching things up (podcast with transcript)

Some law practices don't work out, and others die out. How can lawyers tweak what they do–and how they present themselves–to stay relevant? Our guests tell ABA Journal reporter Stephanie Francis Ward how they reinvented their practices and shifted careers, and how others can do so too.

Lawyer’s guide to planning travel adventures (podcast with transcript)

In search of adventure, but feel tied to your desk? Rugger Burke is proof that the practice of law is not incompatible with sailing the high seas, motorcycling across a continent, meditating in a monastery or scouring the Hawaiian islands for the perfect fish tacos. He speaks with the ABA Journal about how he arranges time away from work; how he keeps in touch with the office while in the remotest of locations; and the ingenious ways he has of packing light.

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