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186 ABA Journal Asked and Answered articles.

Can My Client Say That? Guests Discuss Lawyer Ethics and Testimonials on Rating Sites

Some state attorney discipline agencies are heavily regulating how lawyers use rating sites for business development. But how do those rules jive with the less stringent Communications Decency Act of 1996, which says users of such sites aren't liable for content posted by others? ABA Journal podcast moderator Stephanie Francis Ward talks with guests to discuss, among other ethics issues, whether lawyers can/should face discipline for client-written "testimonials."

Are Employers Prepared to Enforce Wellness Programs If Employees Start to Slack Off?

Smoking and obesity cost employers a significant amount of money, say some lawyers, so much that many businesses have embraced wellness plans. The offerings strongly encourage employees to participate in fitness and track their routines with outside vendors, in exchange for health insurance discounts and sometimes even cash bonuses. ABA Journal Podcast moderator Stephanie Francis Ward talks with guests about how employers are using the plans, and what seems to be working.

These Lawyers Still Love Law Practice. Find Out Why (Podcast)

Many lawyers are unhappy with their chosen profession, and the Great Recession isn’t helping much. But despite the struggles many are having with law practice and a fast-changing legal industry, there are still more than a few attorneys who love what they do, and always have. ABA Journal Podcast moderator Stephanie Francis Ward talked to some of them, and found out why.

Are Scambloggers Right About Law School? (Podcast)

What Today’s Outsourcing Boom Means for Legal Practice (Podcast)

When Thomson Reuters announced its acquisition of one of India’s largest legal outsourcing firm late last year, we wanted to know: Is the legal information giant entering into direct competition with its law firm clients? Listen to find out more.

Why Many Midsize Law Firms Are Prospering During the Recession (Podcast)

As corporate legal budgets continue to shrink, many general counsel are turning to midsize law firms in lieu of their more expensive, BigLaw counterparts. In fact, many midsize firms have reported significant success in the Great Recession. Listen to find out why.

Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights Aims to Right Wrongs of Discrimination

ABA Journal interview with New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, honorary co-chair of the ABA's Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities.

Do Reduced-Hour Workloads Derail Partnership-Track Careers? (Podcast)

Work-life balance is always a hot topic among our readers, but this month our podcast guests were the ones fired-up in a heated discussion about the realities of practicing law, raising children and making it all work.

Justice Ginsburg Chats About Balancing Career & Family When Her Children Were Small (Podcast)

Ginsburg on Her Gender Discrimination Cases and the Country’s Changing Views of Equality (Podcast)

Should Lawyers Fresh Out of Law School Start a Solo Practice? (Podcast)

Where to Start & What to Charge for Lawyers-in-Training (Podcast)

New Rainmaking Tricks Even Old Dogs Can’t Afford to Ignore (Podcast)

Yesterday’s service partners can be today’s niche lawyers. So says a panel of business development experts, who discussed a variety of tools for the transition.

Attorneys in SCOTUS’ Honest-Services Cases Discuss Future of Fraud Prosecutions (Podcast)

How Law Schools Can Help Next Gen Lawyers Take Gamble Out of Hefty Tuition (Podcast)

More and more, critics of ever-increasing law school tuition say enrolling only makes economic sense if students don’t have to pay tuition, or graduate from a top-tier school.

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