76 ABA Journal Columns articles.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in important cases concerning the meaning of the Voting Rights Act of 1965: Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee
and Arizona Republican Party v. Democratic National Committee
. The cases involve Section 2 of the act, which prohibits voting practices or procedures that discriminate on the basis of race, color or language.
Feb 25, 2021 1:03 PM CST
I like to start the new year by cleaning out my life, more or less. It’s kind of a ritual for me. I take time to send out file destruction letters to clients whose cases were closed out more than five years ago and permanently delete client communications from my email inbox that are just as old (five years is the rule in Oklahoma). Generally, I try to give myself a bit of a fresh start.
Feb 24, 2021 2:47 PM CST
Last summer, in response to the killing of George Floyd and other victims of police brutality and amid a public health crisis and economic collapse, Americans saw an overdue reckoning with racial injustice. Around the country, large swaths of peaceful multigenerational, multiracial demonstrators marched to demand social justice and racial equity.
Feb 18, 2021 9:08 AM CST
In today’s online-centric world, lawyers often get just one click and one page of search engine results to make their cases to prospective clients. It’s the first and maybe only opportunity to showcase their credibility to clients in an increasingly competitive market.
Feb 16, 2021 10:55 AM CST
“What thoroughly impresses me ... are those who leave another professional endeavor to pursue the practice of law,” says Adam Banner. “Some people choose the law to change directions. Others choose the law to get further down the path they’re already on.”
Feb 11, 2021 9:16 AM CST
Unlike other relationships, a lawyer-client obligation can spawn without the lawyer even consenting to it, writes Marcel Strigberger.
Feb 10, 2021 1:42 PM CST
Negative self-judgment is a career killer. When we believe that we are fundamentally flawed, it is like swimming upstream 24 hours per day, seven days per week. We aren’t born that way, but we learn that we are unworthy from an early age. The problem for lawyers arises when our careers do not go as planned.
Feb 4, 2021 9:21 AM CST
Per curiam decisions handed down without briefing and oral argument generally do not get much attention, so it is understandable that the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling about qualified immunity in Taylor v. Riojas
might have been overlooked, even by civil rights lawyers.
Feb 1, 2021 9:11 AM CST
Someone who can draw a good map can probably write a good brief; someone who can’t draw a good map will undoubtedly write a bad brief.
Feb 1, 2021 12:50 AM CST
In some cultures, it is honorable for monks to parade through the streets with their rice bowls, seeking handouts so they can live a life of religious purity, while bestowing good fortune to those who contribute. In the United States, we call such people panhandlers. Here, Zen Buddhism is seldom practiced by monks but instead by farmers, auto mechanics, teachers and judges.
Jan 28, 2021 9:27 AM CST
There is a temptation to part company with the challenges and disappointments of 2020 and move full speed ahead into 2021 without looking back. As lawyers, however, we should not…
Jan 26, 2021 3:13 PM CST
We’re only a few weeks into the new year and continue to face uncertainty about the pandemic and the future.
Jan 26, 2021 10:59 AM CST
Ari Kaplan recently spoke with Michael Potters, the co-founder and CEO of the Glenmont Group, a recruiting firm in the legal industry.
Jan 22, 2021 9:33 AM CST
“I think I will have to work from my car,” I thought, when I decided to start my Jamaican solo practice years ago.
Jan 20, 2021 12:39 PM CST
“I knew that Trafficked would be well put together if nothing else, but I didn’t know if the show would provide any fodder for a column on law and pop culture. That is, until I saw the title of the series’ second episode,” says lawyer Adam Banner.
Jan 20, 2021 9:36 AM CST
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