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Inter Alia

75 ABA Journal Inter Alia articles.

Lawyer’s son creates podcasts to shine a light on criminal injustice

How law, family and history shaped my career

Life is a dance. For more than a decade, the legal profession has been the floor on which I’ve danced. It’s been hilariously comical, painfully awkward and immensely powerful. At its best, practicing law is a medium through which we experience and discover who we are when the lights are the brightest, when we’ve fallen short and when we dare to lead. That is our profession’s genius. Here’s what I’ve discovered while dancing to our profession’s mesmerizing tune.

This Boston lawyer has spent nearly 4 decades developing dual careers in law and advocacy

In 1986, Cooley partner Michael N. Sheetz was a freshly minted law school graduate heading to Boston to start his career in commercial litigation. But he knew he wouldn’t be satisfied focusing solely on his private practice. So he also began volunteering for the Anti-Defamation League. 

Crusaders protecting the unborn willingly sacrifice the living

“The conservatives of the U.S. Supreme Court, through rulings blocking gun control, greenlighting executions, condoning abortion-provider bounty hunting and forced maternal labor, has demonstrated a ghastly tolerance for violence,” writes ABA Journal Assistant Managing Editor Liane Jackson, the author of Intersection, a column that explores issues of race, gender and law across America’s criminal and social justice landscape.

The President v. Omarosa: Winning at arbitration, against the odds

It was fate that brought Omarosa Manigault Newman and me together.

The Constitution Gets Strict Scrutiny: New books offer fresh takes on America’s founding text

The U.S. Supreme Court handed down some monumental and controversial decisions this session on issues ranging from abortion access to gun control, sparking renewed public debate and interest in our constitutional and civil rights. Two new books offer an engaging layperson’s primer on the Constitution’s most important aspects—from the preamble to the Bill of Rights to the 14th Amendment.

Just for Kicks: This New York City lawyer turned his sneaker obsession into a practice niche

This New York City-based lawyer not only rocks the latest kicks, he stands at the forefront of sneaker-related law, entrepreneurship and investment in both the physical world and the metaverse.

Students are collateral damage in America’s war on teachers

Historically, wars are fought against a destructive enemy, real or theoretical, like the war on drugs. But factions of our country are battling a target that serves as a bulwark of our society: teachers.

How I helped win an equal pay victory for the US Women’s National Soccer Team

“For the past two years, I served as lead appellate counsel for the players on the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team in their equal-pay case against the U.S. Soccer Federation,” writes Nicole A. Saharsky. “So you are probably wondering: How did we get from losing summary judgment and being entitled to $0 to getting $24 million and a guarantee of equal pay for the women’s and men’s national teams?”

New book explores the spread and hazards of ‘bad speech’ on the internet and its risk to democracy

In their upcoming book, Social Media, Freedom of Speech and the Future of Our Democracy, two of America’s leading First Amendment scholars tap a high-profile cast of contributors to explore whether there is anything we can—or should—do about the proliferation of problematic speech online.

How to turn a career sabbatical into a permanent lifestyle

In 2018, San Francisco lawyer Roshida Dowe found herself at a crossroads. She decided to take a break. Four years later, she has yet to return to California—or to the practice of law. Dowe now runs her own business specializing in sabbatical planning for professional women.

Reigning Supreme: A tipped scale has unbalanced our ‘coequal’ branches of government

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination as the first Black woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court is historic and aspirational. But Jackson replaces retiring Justice Stephen G. Breyer, and the court will retain its lopsided 6-3 conservative supermajority.

First Gen, Full Circle: Personal tragedies motivate lawyer’s work as a reform prosecutor

I wish I could begin my story with some childhood aspiration like “I wanted to be a lawyer since learning of Thurgood Marshall’s crusades” or “This has been my passion ever since I first saw My Cousin Vinny.” However, the law forced itself into my life in a more direct way. I was born in New Orleans and raised through Hurricane Katrina’s devastation. I was a senior in high school when my father was arrested, convicted and handed a long sentence in state prison that he is still serving today. This traumatic experience left 17-year-old me with a load of emotions and questions that would take years to explore.

Duped: New book explores what makes people confess to crimes they didn’t commit

Hanging on a wall in Saul Kassin’s office at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City are photos of 28 people who confessed to crimes they didn’t commit. He periodically updates this collection, which he calls his “wall of faces,” as more false confessions come to light. Kassin has written a new book exploring this phenomenon, Duped: Why Innocent People Confess and Why We Believe Their Confessions.

Virtual Reality: From development to investment, this cryptocurrency lawyer is all in

The metaverse may be a virtual realm, but lawyer Amy Madison Luo is doing very real work there—and achieving very real success. As a new partner at DIGITAL, a billionaire-backed venture firm, she invests in metaverse-focused blockchain companies, from applications to infrastructure. But she’s been working full time in this space since 2018, when she left BigLaw to follow her passion for a new kind of currency.

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