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Law & Order’s prime-time formula shaped a generation’s understanding of the legal system

When it comes to formulas, arguably only Coca-Cola’s has been more successful. During its original broadcast run from 1990 until 2010, Law & Order became a cultural phenomenon. It won multiple awards, including the Emmy for best drama series in 1997, and it was a top-10 show at its peak of popularity in the early 2000s. With an emphasis on procedure as the primary plot device and less reliance on exploring characters’ personal lives or relationships, the success of the show spawned numerous similar shows and spin-offs while inspiring countless fans to go to law school or pursue careers in law enforcement.

Our ‘calling’ demands more of us as lawyers in the public square

When we choose a career in the law, it is not about simply getting a job. It is a choice to join a learned, self-governing profession. We say a person is “called to the bar” because that is what law is—a calling. Part of that calling involves upholding and defending the rule of law, the principle that all of us are equal in the eyes of the law and no person is above the law.

Are you living your values? Use the ‘Bull’s-Eye’ exercise to check these 4 areas of your life

One exercise that I have found useful and have often shared for getting clarity around what is really important in life is the “Bull’s-Eye” values-clarification exercise, designed by Swedish psychotherapist Tobias Lundgren.

This New York attorney uses TikTok to shed light on lawyer life

How lawyers are using the Clubhouse app to build their businesses and make new connections

Since Francesca Witzburg left Dentons last year to join an intellectual property firm, the New York City-based attorney has used social media to help her build a client base from scratch. One platform she has found particularly helpful with business development is Clubhouse, the audio-only app that allows users to pop in and out of “rooms” featuring conversations about a variety of topics.

How law firms should approach collections for financial success

11 survival tips for first-year associates

Even many summer associate positions fail to provide a realistic picture of what it is like to be an associate—or worse, they intentionally paint a false picture. After years of living through, talking about and guiding others through this process—including doing so formally as part of our firm’s associate development committee—we thought we would pass along some tips to the next generation of young associates.

How pandemic practice left lawyer-moms facing burnout

As the world ground to a halt during the COVID-19 pandemic and parents scrambled for solutions, an uncomfortable truth emerged: Women are America’s default social safety net. It’s a regressive construct that has entrapped and hobbled working mothers across the spectrum—including lawyer-moms. The pandemic simply tightened the screws.

3rd Circuit judicial council rejects bias allegations against two federal appeals judges

Two federal appeals judges did not act with racial animus when they prepared a report about a Black senior staff member’s management and leadership, according to the Judicial Council of the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Federal judge bashes Kramer Levin lawyers, even as he denies sanctions for their conduct

Three lawyers with Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel were spared sanctions but got no vindication in a federal judge’s critical decision earlier this week.

Woman went to law school so she could help fight for her transgender daughter’s rights

Katie Jenifer decided someone had to fight for her transgender daughter and decided she was the person for the job.

2021 state of the profession report shows how COVID-19 affected older lawyers’ retirement plans

The COVID-19 pandemic prompted one-third of older lawyers to change their retirement plans, according to the 2021 ABA Profile of the Legal Profession released Thursday.

Texas lawyer pleads guilty to passing public PACER documents to Mexican drug traffickers

A lawyer with an office in McAllen, Texas, has pleaded guilty to violating the Travel Act by accessing the PACER court database and using his cellphone to pass the publicly available information to drug traffickers.

Web designer who offers wedding websites can be compelled to serve same-sex couples, 10th Circuit says

A Colorado anti-discrimination law can be used to compel a website designer who wants to create wedding websites to offer her services to people celebrating same-sex marriages, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

A lawyer’s primer on loss: Grieving the death of a parent

“We are on borrowed time now.” That is what the manager at the assisted living facility where my father has lived for nearly four years gently tells me. A few weeks earlier, during a phone consult with my younger brother and me, my father’s physician introduces the word "hospice" into the conversation.

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