Columns

76 ABA Journal Columns articles.

Chemerinsky: Voting rights cases before SCOTUS could have profound effects on future elections
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.
Does A&E’s ‘Court Cam’ accurately reflect American courtrooms?
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.
Police reform and homeland security: Some policy recommendations to close the racial justice gap
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.
Top tips for lawyers to boost their online reputations
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.
HBO Max’s ‘Perry Mason’ and the benefits of practicing law as a second career

“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.”

How to know when it’s time to send a client packing

Unlike other relationships, a lawyer-client obligation can spawn without the lawyer even consenting to it, writes Marcel Strigberger.

5 ways to be shameless in 2021
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.
Chemerinsky: SCOTUS hands down a rare civil rights victory on qualified immunity
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.
If you can give good directions, you can probably write a good brief

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.

Zen principles provide valuable lessons for judges
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.
How to restore trust for a profession in transition

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…

Run your law practice remotely with legal practice management software
We’re only a few weeks into the new year and continue to face uncertainty about the pandemic and the future.
Recruiting firm CEO discusses creating career opportunities in 2021
Ari Kaplan recently spoke with Michael Potters, the co-founder and CEO of the Glenmont Group, a recruiting firm in the legal industry.
Pandemic practice lessons from a Jamaican solo practitioner who went virtual early
“I think I will have to work from my car,” I thought, when I decided to start my Jamaican solo practice years ago.
National Geographic’s ‘Trafficked’ looks at the most dangerous drug in America

“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.

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